Fellows live in a communal house on the farm. Rooms are shared with one or two other people. Rent, food, and utilities are covered by Urban Adamah. Fellows are responsible for general house maintenance and cleanliness.
Fellows live in a shared community residence right on the farm. Living communally is a rich opportunity to develop communication skills, appreciate differences, and resolve conflicts. The Urban Adamah staff supports this process through community-building exercises, regular meetings, and other practices. Mutual trust and honest communication are cornerstones of the community.
Urban Adamah is an intense program. Hours are long and fellows are expected to be at all activities, unless there is a health issue or family emergency that prevents attendance. Fellows have one to two nights off a week and scheduled twice off during Shabbat, which is from Friday a couple hours before sundown to either Sunday or Monday morning. Sunday start times vary, ranging from 9:00 AM to as late as 1:00 PM. About twice a season – on Friday and Saturday nights – fellows help run special events on the farm. Approximately every other Sunday is also a full day off. Additionally, we schedule one night off mid-week, starting with the dinner break at 5:00 PM.
Urban Adamah is trying to make the Fellowship as accessible as possible, regardless of class background. The actual cost of the Fellowship is roughly $15,000 per fellow, but thanks to our program supporters, we are able to offer the fellowship at a significantly subsidized rate. Learn more about the current season fee here.
You do not need any farming experience or Jewish knowledge to participate in the program. We are looking for individuals who are open, positive, excited to go ‘all in’, who are interested in using the tools of Jewish tradition to lead more intentional, connected and compassionate lives, and who will most likely leverage the experience to make positive social change inside and outside the Jewish community. To learn more about the farming component of the fellowship, please view the Urban Agriculture page.
During the first week of the fellowship, a representative from each partner community organization visits the farm and makes a presentation to the fellows about their work and about the nature of their internship. Fellows then work together as a group to select who will intern at which organization for the fellowship season.
Fellows do not need a car, but a car can be helpful if fellows want to take adventures on off weekends. Due to the distance between the farm and our various internship locations, fellows may need to bring some form of transportation to Urban Adamah. Some internships are reachable by public transportation and a bicycle is our recommended mode of transit. You can purchase a decent quality bike in Berkeley for less than $200 once you arrive. We also have a few loaner bikes from past fellows for use, on a first-come first-serve basis upon arrival.
There is considerable demand for the Fellowship and we are unable to accept all qualified applicants. Applications will be considered in the order they are received. Since the application process takes a bit of time, we encourage you to apply as soon as you decide you are interested.
Through our relationship with the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theology Union, Urban Adamah fellows may receive either undergraduate or graduate-level credit for their Urban Adamah experience. There is an additional charge of $2,199 per class (three units). To receive credit, fellows are required to work on a separate independent project related to the work of Urban Adamah. Projects are supervised by a faculty member at the Center for Jewish Studies or UC Berkeley. The project must be completed within six weeks of the end of the Fellowship. To learn more, please contact the Fellowship Director.
The programs are kindred spirits and enjoy a cooperative relationship, yet there is no legal connection between us. Adam Berman, the President and Foudner of Urban Adamah, founded Adamah at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in 2003. He also served as the program’s first director and currently sits on its Advisory Board. A good deal of the Urban Adamah curriculum was developed by Adam and other faculty members at Adamah between 2003 – 2008. Shamu Sadeh, the Director of Adamah in Connecticut, serves as a senior advisor to Urban Adamah.
The fellowship is an immersive experience in Jewish learning and living that also invites fellows into an exploration of Jewish identity. In addition to applicants who identify as Jewish, we also admit applicants who are actively and seriously exploring a Jewish life path.
Illegal drugs are not permitted for consumption during fellowship program hours, nor at any time at the fellows’ residence. There is no smoking of any kind on the property. Moderate consumption of alcohol is permitted in the house during non-program hours for those of legal drinking age.
Fellows are welcome to invite guests to visit during the Fellowship as per the guidelines in the Urban Adamah Guest Policy.
The community house is strictly vegetarian. No meat of any kind is allowed. Urban Adamah provides a food budget sufficient to purchase food for the season. Food shopping responsibilities and cooking, as well as all household duties, are shared among fellows.
At Urban Adamah we practice a creative and expansive approach to Jewish tradition. Fellows are invited to develop new, relevant, and deeply personal connections to our Tradition.
We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and experiences of Jewish practice. For some fellows, Urban Adamah is their first exposure to Jewish tradition. Others have been part of Jewish educational settings and communities their entire lives.
Please note that we do play musical instruments during Shabbat and holiday programming, as part of the program.