Discover your passions and find your purpose. Explore the ideas and activities that excite you. Find out what being Jewish means to you. Spend the year with Tzedek America.
Tzedek America is a national, residential gap experience based in Los Angeles. We offer nine-month and semester-long programs for young adults, ages 18-20, the opportunity to grow and engage with the world before returning to academics.
Through national and international travel, social justice internships, adventure programming and shared responsibilities, you will learn valuable life skills and begin to see and experience firsthand the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the United States today.
The program teaches leadership, communication and confidence-building skills — lifelong learning tools that will help you build a successful and purposeful life while you work to make a better world. Jewish content is designed to give you the opportunity to explore and redefine your Jewish identity, both as an individual and as an American citizen.
Tzedek America seeks to engage with Jewish young adults who represent the diversity of the Jewish community, including Jews of all religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities and socioeconomic status.
As a Tzedek American you will spend the academic year living communally in a supportive and creative environment. Throughout the year you will be involved in service projects locally and nationally.
Several days a week will include internship with a social justice non-profit organization in Los Angeles and Southern California working on one of four issues.
You will build your resume and create experiences that will serve you for the rest of your life. You will have the opportunity to to look at the problems facing the world and ask “why ?” And, “what can I do to make a difference?” A year on Tzedek America will teach you the tools to understand how to create systemic change.
Working with institutions as they use organizing to provide the basic human right of access to healthy food
Working with children and youth
Working with families experiencing homelessness and poverty
Promoting sustainable living and healing the earth
Afternoons will be a time for debriefing and processing your day. Often a Jewish text or secular reading or video will help guide the structured conversations each day.
Evenings will offer a balance of free time, fun, exploration, and structured activities.