We are delighted to welcome our new intern Leah Thomas to the Tzedek team, who will be working with us in the London office for 3 months.
Leah grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and has lived in Texas, Jaffa, and Edinburgh. She currently resides in Cambridge, UK. Leah has a BA in Sociology and a MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies.
We asked Leah to tell us what brought her to a Tzedek internship:
I found out about Tzedek by googling “Jewish social justice organisations in the UK.” Tzedek, along with a few other notable organisations popped up. What struck me about Tzedek, other than the amazing work it does, was that it had an entire web page devoted to its interns. Seeing this gave me the important impression that Tzedek values its volunteers and interns and it seemed like a great placement to gain tangible skills within the international development and charity sector.
I specifically sought out Tzedek, a Jewish social justice and international development organisation, for a few different reasons. Firstly, I have academic and personal interests surrounding global politics and events, human rights and gender equality. The second being, that I’ve had prior experience volunteering with a Jewish social justice organisation, 2 years ago, that was based in Israel; called Tikkun Olam. The third, I am keen to take a break from my studies and gain hands on experience in a work sector that I may like to pursue a career in, perhaps in the near future. And my last and more personal reason is, that I feel the most Jewish when I engage in social justice using a Jewish lens.
By no means do I consider myself to be a stereotypically “good Jew.” I am not religious, traditional or observant. I have a tough time and sometimes, even cheat when fasting on Yom Kippur, I do not keep kosher, my boyfriend isn’t Jewish and I go to Shabbat dinners every now and then. But in spite of all of this, what makes me, on my own accord, feel the most connected with Jewish values and the Jewish community, is through volunteer work and social justice engagement with Jewish and non-Jewish communities alike.
So this is why I am here… For intellectual fulfilment, for career aspirations and reasons purely relating to my own sense of identity and connection with the Jewish community and the global community at large. I look forward to my three months here and I hope during this time I can produce work and aid with projects that will have a real impact on people’s lives, locally and in Sub Saharan Africa.
During her internship at Tzedek, Leah will gain hands on experience running fundraising initiatives, educational programming and developing analytical models to measure impact data from past, current and future volunteer programs and partnerships taking place in the UK and overseas.
Lastly, it should be known that Leah is more of a cat person than a dog person and more of a tea person than a coffee person.
If you are looking to gain experience in the third sector and/or field of international development, get in touch about a Tzedek internship today. Give us a call on 0203 603 8120 or contact us here.