February 24, 2012 — Our friends at the Jewish Dialogue Group are spearheading the Deliberation Project, an initiative to promote vibrant, constructive dialogue within Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As part of this project, JDG is creating a new tool, called the Guidebook for Deliberation about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. It is intended to enable Jews across the United States to systematically explore the choices they face as they consider how to respond to the conflict.
The guidebook will describe four alternative responses to the question, "How can Jews in the United States respond to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in ways that are ethical and effective?" Each response will recommend a specific set of actions and will describe the hopes, values, concerns, and interpretations of history and current events that motivate that approach. The four approaches will reflect a full range of ideas and concerns from across the political spectrum.
Jewish individuals and organizations around the United States will use the guide to conduct and participate in deliberation workshops. In these programs, participants will explore the varied perspectives described in the guidebook; reflect on their own values, feelings, and questions; and weigh their options for action. In addition, JDG expects that many people will read the guide on their own and discuss it informally.
An Internship Opportunity
In service of the creation of this guidebook, the Jewish Dialogue Group is seeking interns for the summer and fall of 2012
Interns may contribute to the project by:
- researching varied perspectives on the history and current dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as alternative visions for the future
- researching the work of a variety of advocacy organizations
- interviewing activists, teachers, and scholars with multiple perspectives
- outlining or drafting sections of the guide
- helping to assemble a bibliography of supporting materials
- helping to organize and conduct pilot workshops using preliminary drafts of the guidebook
JDG is seeking interns who are:
- skilled writers and researchers
- knowledgeable about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy, Judaism, and Jewish communal politics in the United States
- interested in learning and writing about a wide variety of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- organized and detail-oriented
- reliable, flexible, and able to work independently
Timing is flexible, but JDG asks interns to commit at least 80 hours to the project over a period of six to twelve weeks in summer or fall of 2012. Full-time and part-time positions are available.
JDG welcomes interns who live anywhere in the United States. You may work remotely from your home or campus. However, people located in the Philadelphia area, New York, and Washington, DC are especially encouraged to apply.
Academic Credit and Compensation
Unfortunately, JDG is not able to provide compensation. However, they are happy to work with you to secure grant support from your academic institution or other sources. If you are eligible for a community service stipend, a research grant, or academic credit through your school, JDG can work with you to create a internship plan that meets your program's criteria.
How to Apply
To apply, complete this brief application form by Friday, March 16. Please also email your resume, along with a writing sample of 5 to 15 pages. You may submit one piece or two or more shorter pieces. They can be academic research papers, news reports, oral histories, or anything else that demonstrates your skills as a writer and researcher. If you have any questions, feel free to email JDG at email@example.com.
Original posting may be found on Jewish Dialogue Group's website. To see other resources, including a collaborative guidebook by the Jewish Dialogue Group and Public Conversations, click here.