We are now accepting applications for our 2023 fellowships!
Summer: May 22-August 27
Fall: August 23- November 13
Apply by March 26 for summer, July 2 for fall
UPDATE: Our application website is currently down. We are working to repair this. Please check back tomorrow! Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Note: Fellows must be fully vaccinated with booster against COVID-19 before arriving.
Interested? Have questions?
Email Adamah Program Director, Carly Sugar: email@example.com
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The Adamah Fellowship is a 3-month program for adults in their 20s & 30s that integrates organic agriculture, farm-to-table living, Jewish learning, community building, social justice and spiritual practice.
Adamah cultivates the soil and the soul to produce food, to build and transform identities, and to gather a community of people changing the world. We grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, goats, flowers, eggs, and we grow people through experiences with ecology, food production, social justice, spiritual practice, a vibrant evolving Judaism, and intentional community.
Our goat herd turns poison ivy into milk, meat and manure (which then turns into vegetables), lacto-fermentation (pickling) turns cabbage into luscious super-food sauerkraut, and we learn to listen and support the human and natural community around us through intentional living and song!
I’m a seed, Adamah has been my soil, and the people here have provided sunlight and water to help me grow more fully into myself.
Systems of power disproportionately impact accessibility to programs like these for people of marginalized identities. We deeply value the leadership and participation of Jews of diverse backgrounds and experiences, related to class, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, ability and more. We strongly encourage Jews of marginalized identities to apply.
We have a sliding scale program fee, and no one is turned away for lack of funds!
Together with foundation support, individual donations, and farm sales, fellowship fees are a critical component in covering the $10,000 cost per fellow of running the Adamah Fellowship. This covers the cost of running an integrated, intensive, and transformational residential fellowship including room, board, and educational programming. If there is one thing that all Adamah alumni agree on, it’s that their time in Adamah was transformative. We deeply believe in the work that we do here, and want the Adamah experience of farming, pickling, singing, praying, learning and playing to be accessible to more people.
We depend on each fellow to reflect deeply on their fellowship fees. If you have financial capacity, please contribute $3,600, or more if you have the means. If the fellowship fee looks like a barrier to you, please don’t leave the process- we are excited to see your application.
Adamahniks come from all experiences in terms of class, racial barriers, and financial support from family or others. In recognition of the barriers faced by Jews of Color, we are we are prioritizing applications submitted by Jews of Color.
What should you pay?
Some fellows pay $5,000 to support us in making Adamah more financially accessible. Some pay $1,500. And some pay nothing. Additionally, this year we able to offer a limited number of small, needs-based stipends.
When considering what you should pay, please think about who in your family or community (e.g. Rabbi’s discretionary fund, synagogue, Jewish Federation or other organizations) might want to support you participating in the Adamah Fellowship. We assume that all applicants are looking into any options they have for accessing funds for fellowship fees.
If you have personal or family resources that enable you to pay the full $3,600 fee or more, we ask you to do so to help us make this program more accessible to others.
Check out this Income Bracket Guide and chart by Resource Generation to help you determine where you might fall on our sliding scale. *Note that this information is a general guide that does not reflect reality for every individual. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Fictional scenarios around payment:
- Applicant 1 is from a middle income family who whose parents own their own house and have stable employment and retirement accounts. They paid for his 4-year university degree. Although he has only worked at minimum-wage-paying service jobs for the past 2 years, he knows he can ask his parents and the synagogue he grew up in for help. Applicant 1 pays a $3,600 fellowship fee.
- Applicant H-19 is currently unemployed and their family and community cannot offer financial support for them to do Adamah. They want to make sure they can return to their home after Adamah, but will need to cover rent for their room. Applicant H-19 asks for a stipend of $1,200 to help cover this cost.
- Applicant IV reads over the Resource Generation guide and table to figure out where they might fall on the scale. Their parents paid for their college tuition, and tells them they’ll receive an inheritance when they turn 26. They are currently a student, working part time, and living on their own. Their nuclear family income is over $300,000 a year. This applicant decides to pay over the full fellowship fee of $3,600, and pays $4,500 to support the effort to make Adamah more financial accessible for others.
- Applicant x is having trouble imagining how they’ll pay rent for three months without the monthly paycheck they usually rely on. Their supportive family is super excited to receive pickling advice after the applicant is an expert, but is also relying on a monthly paycheck to make rent. They find a sublet for their room, and pay $0 for the fellowship.
It may help to consider what it is that your program fee is helping to cover:
- A living wage for our full-time staff, who coordinate the fellowship, the farm, and educational sessions
- Seasonal Adamah Alumni residential farm staff
- Housing for Fellows, including all utilities
- Farm to table meals from our retreat center and Adamah House, valued between $15-40/meal.
- Food from our farm: organic produce, milk from our goats, lacto-fermented pickles, jams, and more
- Other food staples, and home and kitchen supplies
- Class materials and resources
- Field trips, including transportation
- Bikes for all!
You will be asked to indicate the program fee amount you can pay/stipend amount you wish to receive on the online Adamah Payment Info Form when you apply for the Fellowship.
Upon acceptance, you are asked to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit. We cannot reserve your place without the deposit. Full payment is required approximately two weeks before the start date.
If you cancel for any reason in the two weeks before the start date of your Fellowship, you will receive a full refund minus the $250 deposit.
In the event that we have to cancel due to COVID-19 related health concerns, you will receive a full refund.
Interested? Have questions? Email Adamah Program Director, Carly Sugar: firstname.lastname@example.org.