Tzedek partners with social justice organizations in Asheville, NC whose work centers on LGBTQ rights, racial justice, and combating anti-Semitism. Each host organization is selected by program staff based on the organization’s alignment with the Tzedek mission, their dedication to social change, their collaborative spirit, and the organization’s ability to provide meaningful work with supportive supervision and leadership. Host organizations play a vital role in providing Fellows with an opportunity to do transformative community building and social change work.
Please note: The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship is currently on a “pause for the cause” as we build a more responsive program, develop more transparent systems, and deeply embody our values.
We’re honored to be a host organization for the Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship. This Fellowship provides an incredible – and all too rare – opportunity for Fellows to immerse themselves in the daily realities of social justice work while also getting broad exposure to social movements and the City of Asheville. At CSE, Fellows immediately dive into our work promoting LGBTQ equality across the South and we develop a portfolio distinct to each Fellow, blending their strengths with new areas they want to get exposure to.
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director at the Campaign for Southern Equality
Hosting the Tzedek Fellow each year has had a tremendous impact on the Asheville JCC’s ability to reach out to the larger community and form important partnerships with other social justice focused organizations. I believe that each of the Fellows has made their own significant mark in our community through their work here. With support from the Tzedek Fellowship program, the JCC has become known as a trusted ally for the LGBTQ community and a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds.
Lael Gray, Executive Director at the Asheville Jewish Community Center
2017-2018 Host Organizations
Asheville Jewish Community Center
The Asheville JCC strengthens Jewish identity, celebrates Jewish culture and builds community through a wide variety of programs for people from all backgrounds, at every stage of life.
Campaign for Southern Equality
Based in Asheville, NC and working across the South, the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) works with LGBTQ Southerners to promote full legal and lived LGBTQ equality.
Center for Participatory Change
Focusing on racial equity, language justice, and cultural organizing, CPC advocates using collective power to transform oppression and foster community healing.
CoThinkk is a giving circle that invests its time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
Nuestro Centro envisions a community where we all can co-exist, create, dream, organize and fight to defend the rights of our community.
Through counseling, advocacy and education, Our VOICE works with individuals and communities affected by sexual assault and abuse in Buncombe County.
UNCA-Center for Diversity Education
The Center for Diversity Education helps build inclusive and equitable communities throughout WNC by providing diversity-focused programming and resources to students, leaders and citizens.
YWCA of Asheville
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.