Are you interested in getting academic credit for engaging in service within the broader Los Angeles community? Civic engagement enables students to develop relationships with community partners either through independent study or innovative service learning courses. These relationships can enhance academic study and may include internships or lead to future employment opportunities.
The Center’s involvement with “civic engagement”—actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern—and “service learning”—a strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection—began in 2008 under the leadership of Dr. Mary Enid Pinkerson, the Center’s Community Affairs Coordinator, and Dr. Netta Avineri, the Center’s Research Associate, and takes a variety of forms:
- Winter quarter 2013 students in Prof. Todd Presner’s course German 118SL, Between Memory and History: Interviewing Holocaust Survivors in the Digital Age, have the unique opportunity to meet and interview survivors four times in conjunction with UCLA Hillel’s Bearing Witness Program and Jewish Family Service’s Café Europa. The final project will involve curating an audio tour of the LA Museum of the Holocaust.
- Spring quarter 2013 students in Netta Avineri's new class Applied Jewish Studies & Social Ethics (History M188SL/ Jewish Studies M188SL/ Religion M188SL) will read classical and contemporary texts on Jewish ethics and see how these concepts translate into action by choosing to work with one of six community organizations.
- In addition, summer internships are awarded for service oriented projects. Some projects focus on direct service (e.g. mentoring) while others emphasize research as service. For more information contact
- Students may also gain credit for independent study through the UCLA Center for Community Learning by completing internships with the following partner organizations:
SERVICE LEARNING PARTNERS
- American Friends of Israel Museum , Development Intern contact
- American Jewish Committee, Internships & Fellowships in International Relations, Israel Affairs and Urban Affairs
- Autry Museum of Western History, Internships to assist with exhibitions and learn skills for handling art and artifacts
- California Institute for Yiddish Language and Culture, Internships to assist with events and cataloging Yiddish books, contact
- Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters , Volunteer as One-to-One Mentor for Jewish children primarily from single-adult homes
- Jewish Family Service Senior Centers , Volunteer with and assist Jewish seniors
- Koreh LA--Be trained as a reading partner in LAUSD low-performing elementary schools, contact
- LA Museum of the Holocaust, Opportunities as Operations, Archival Work, and Research & Curatorial Interns
- Progressive Jewish Alliance + Jewish Funds For Justice , Social Justice Internships
- Six Points Fellowship, Internship to assist with website, marketing and more
- Social Justice Learning Institute , Volunteer to assist with Food Justice project, business and non-profit development projects
- Stand With Us , Video intern needed. Paste resume in email to
- Tenement Museum, summer Internships in New York. Stipend. Apply by March 1.
- Wende Museum, Internships in Museum Studies
- Workmen’s Circle Southern California , Marketing Intern needed, contact the
to volunteer to help with programs and events
For additional information or to volunteer, contact the site directly. When making an inquiry, follow any guidelines suggested. Otherwise, introduce yourself with your major/ year and information about where you heard about the opportunity. Include a sentence or two about why you are interested in working with this organization and be sure to include complete contact information.
FREY SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS –
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH
As part of its Civic Engagement Initiative, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies invites undergraduate students to apply for summer scholarship funds to support innovative research in any field of Jewish Studies. Research should connect academic work with the broader community. For the purposes of this scholarship, research is broadly defined; it can therefore include traditional historical projects requiring library and archival research as well as creative endeavors such as museum exhibitions, interviews/oral histories, blogs, videos, or digital media projects.
This support is made possible by the Frey Scholarship Fund for Undergraduate Students in Jewish Studies. Freshmen, sophomore, juniors, and seniors are eligible.Students in all majors are eligible to apply as long as the project is focused in some way on Jewish Studies.
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