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CLIMATE MUSIC AND ARTS FELLOWSHIP 

Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action

Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Dayenu climate music and arts fellowship

Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action’s mission is to secure a just, livable, and sustainable world for all people for generations to come by building a Jewish movement that confronts the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action.

The 2024-2025 Climate Music & Arts Fellow will work closely with Dayenu’s Director of Spiritual Activism & Education and with Jewish climate leaders and musicians / artists / culture-creators across the country to grow and support spiritually-rooted activism in the Jewish climate movement, with a focus on music and creative writing.

Dayenu’s Spiritual Adaptation work builds a spiritually-rooted movement through:

  • Workshops and Experiences: We create brave spaces for American Jews across generations, geographies, and identities to face climate realities, process grief, cultivate imagination, and set off on a path of bold, resilient action. This work currently draws on Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects with integrated Jewish teachings, music, and embodied practice.
  • Climate Music & Arts: We are amplifying, resourcing, and growing the fields of Jewish climate music and writing with the aim of inspiring and mobilizing individuals and communities to engage with Dayenu’s climate justice work for the long-haul. With the support of past fellows, we partnered with artists, musicians, and organizations to curate and launch a songbook and a new “Midrash & Imagination” creative writing branch of Climate Arts.
  • Climate Torah: We anchor all of our movement-building and campaign work in Jewish classical and contemporary sources, holiday cycles, and cultural wisdom. We believe that Torah (writ large) can help us live well in this time of transformation, grief, possibility, active hope, and uncertainty, and can be a powerful guide for our justice work.

Location: The position is fully remote for fellows based anywhere in the United States or Canada with the option of working at the Dayenu office in Manhattan.

Position Type: September 4, 2024 – June 6, 2025 (9 months – which is 37 weeks + two weeks off), with a commitment of 10-15 hours per week.

Reporting and Support Structure: This position reports to Dayenu’s Director of Spiritual Activism and Education, Rabbi Laura Bellows, who is based in Boston. The fellow collaborates with the Dayenu Spiritual Adaptation team and members of the broader Dayenu team, and receives mentoring, training, and supervision from staff at Dayenu, as well as the support, if desired, of a cohort of Dayenu rabbinical student fellows.

Applications Due: July 8, 2024

Apply at d.aye.nu/music-arts-fellowship

Description and Responsibilities:

This fellowship position will focus on sustaining and growing Climate Music & Arts, part of Dayenu’s Spiritual Adaptation work.

We are excited for a Climate Music & Arts Fellow to build relationships with a broader network of artists, musicians, and culture-creators, and to help create, develop, and leverage new Dayenu Climate Music & Arts resources broadly in activist spaces, on social media, in congregations, on the streets, and in solidarity and collaboration with frontline and multifaith communities.

In particular, a fellow will:

  • Support the continued development of Jewish climate music and the use of the Songbook and the integration of Jewish music at Dayenu actions, trainings, Dayenu Circle gatherings, campaign kickoffs, and other events.
  • Help spiritually resource the Jewish climate movement by growing and implementing (though not necessarily facilitating) Dayenu’s Climate Arts: Midrash & Imagination – writing the stories of a just, livable future and how we get there. This may include: creating a plan to collate and share writing from past workshops, supporting upcoming midrash-inspired writing workshops, or leading a call for new Jewish climate writing.
  • Track the results of your work and make adjustments to meet shared goals.
  • Support workshop planning, coordination, and ideation.
  • Contribute to building a culture and practice of spirit, joy, impact, ritual, and community.

Qualifications:

  • Experience as a musician, artist, or culture creator in a Jewish contexts, or music/arts/culture experience plus experience in Jewish communities.
  • Experience connecting music, arts, and/or ritual with activism.
  • Experience working closely with culture creators, musicians, and/or artists.
  • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively.
  • A track record of working with people and building relationships across lines of difference and a commitment to anti-racist practice.
  • Strong listening skills and interpersonal communication including over phone, video, email, and text.
  • Ability to track and manage tasks and follow through on communications.
  • Knowledge of Jewish holidays, texts, practices, and Hebrew is preferred.

Compensation: Fellowship stipend is $15,000 for the full duration of the fellowship.

Dayenu is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to racial equity and accessibility. Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, Black and Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA people are strongly encouraged to apply. We know historically that women and people of color don’t apply to jobs unless they meet 100% of the qualifications. We encourage you to apply if you think you might be a good fit even if you don’t meet 100% of the listed requirements. Dayenu does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, gender identity or expression, or other status protected by applicable law.