Base Chicago Rabbinic Couple

Hillel International | Chicago, IL, United States

Posted Date 12/14/2021
Description

Base Chicago Rabbinic Couple

Metro Chicago Hillel

Base Rabbis and their partner’s invite young Jews into their home for Shabbat and the Jewish holidays, create and lead dynamic learning opportunities including classes and retreats, facilitate community service and civic engagement projects, and provide pastoral counseling. Base teams must have a vision for the Jewish world that they want to share and an entrepreneurial spirit to actualize that vision. This is a dual role for a Rabbi and their spouse/partner to work as Metro Chicago Hillel (MCH) staff, engaging students from a number of commuter campuses. 

Base Chicago is a part of Metro Chicago Hillel (MCH) and the Jewish United Fund (JUF), and a partner of the broader Base Movement . 

Base Rabbi

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Rabbinical ordination 
  • Experience with college students and/or young adults, and proven ability to relate to this developmental stage
  • Living in a shared home with committed partner
  • Success working in informal education frameworks
  • Entrepreneurial energy; demonstrated ability to think and act strategically in order to reach clear goals.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously.
  • An Authentic Jewish Personality: a living model of how to live an integrated Jewish life and able to inspire others through his/her/their own story. 
  • A Relationship Builder: capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people. 
  • An Informal Educator: experienced with the theory and practice of informal/experiential education and will use that knowledge to model and teach others how to create the most effective opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Knowledgeable & Life Long Learner: highly-educated in areas of Jewish content, thus providing a reservoir of knowledge to share; simultaneously pursuing continued education and ongoing growth and development. 
  • A Strategic Community Organizer: thinks strategically about how to reach and impact students and post-college young Jewish adults not involved in the traditional networks, and will utilize methodologies of community organizing in order to manage and strategize for success.
  • A Self-Starter: highly motivated, driven to succeed, reflective and open.
  • A Team Player: energized by collaboration and working in dynamic relationships with individuals, organizations, and community partners.  
  • An Entrepreneurial Spirit: energized by asking questions, trying new approaches to Jewish engagement, and demonstrating a willingness to take risks in order to actualize their vision for strengthening Jewish life. 

The Base Rabbi will be successful by enabling Basers to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Feel a sense of purpose, pride and joy in being Jewish
  • Feel Jewishly confident/literate and/or comfortable with deep Jewish content
  • Feel comfortable and welcome at Base 
  • Feel comfortable and connected with a Rabbi
  • Feel a sense of responsibility to others in their community
  • Perceive Jewish wisdom and values as applicable to/integrated with their every-day lives
  • Integrate Jewish cycles/calendar/rituals as a point of reference in life
  • Develop confidence and agency to “do Jewish” beyond Base
  • Form community with peers that extends beyond Base walls 

A typical day may include:

  • Introductory or catch-up coffee meetings with students or young adults
  • Pastoral one-on-one sessions
  • Writing curriculum for new classes and cohorts
  • Meeting with local Jewish communal leaders to learn about what is going on in their communities and strategize how Base might get involved
  • Hosting a variety of learning, social, and service group programs in the evening 
  • Ideating or debriefing Base programs or experiences with Base colleagues 
  • Working with Moishe House staff to plan a retreat for your Base community
  • Planning for Shabbat and extending invites to Base programs, meals etc. 
  • Recording interactions in CRM, running reports to identify engagement opportunities
  • Teaching a class over a lunch break at a local nursing home with Basers as part of an intergenerational program etc.
  • Buying groceries and supplies, menu planning, or cooking for an upcoming meal or programs
  • Recruitment and social media for programs and retreats 
  • Liaising with MCH, JUF, Moishe House and Base colleagues
  • Sharing your home and the Base program with leadership of the Chicago Jewish community and major donors to the program
  • The Base Rabbi will also receive ongoing support from JUF, Metro Chicago Hillel, and the Base National Team. You will collaborate closely with Base Chicago rabbis, MCH staff and be an integral member of the Moishe House team and the Base Movement.

Benefits

The Base rabbi will be employed by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago (JUF). Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days paid time off, 10 sick days, 8 paid federal holidays and up to 13 paid Jewish holidays, 6 weeks paid parental leave, Medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan, housing benefit, additional health and wellness benefits, financial benefits, and tuition reimbursement. It also includes great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities. Additionally, this position offers flexible work hours.

Base Partner 

The Base Partner is the spouse or partner of the Base Rabbi and is critical to the success of Base. Base is about welcoming young adults into a shared home and modeling what partnership can look like. Base Partners offer an alternative perspective and life experience to young adults to learn from, and we welcome partners from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds to this position. Base Partners are key thought partners in the building of the Base community and are expected to be an enthusiastic co-host, helping the planning and preparation of events and gatherings. To the extent Partners want to offer formal programming, we welcome their Jewish (and other) expertise. 

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • An Authentic Jewish Personality: a living model of how to live an integrated Jewish life and able to inspire others, through his/her/their own story, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices and expressed Jewish values.
  • A Relationship Builder: capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • A Team Player: energized by collaboration and working in dynamic relationships with individuals, organizations, and community partners.

The Base Partner will contribute to the local Base community using their particular strengths. This may include: 

  • Serving as the primary thought partner for the rabbi in building and developing the Base community - including formal and informal strategic planning discussions
  • Hosting guests in the Base home for Shabbat and holiday meals
  • Teaching and facilitating Jewish learning classes or gatherings 
  • Organizing service opportunities
  • Welcoming new Basers into the community through one-on-one coffee dates
  • Helping prep, plan, and host programs 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Part-time, contracted for 10 hours per week. 
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities.

About Metro Chicago Hillel

There are currently four Bases in total in the Chicago area, all operating as a part of the MCH/JUF ecosystem and in partnership with the wider Moishe House ecosystem. 

Metro Chicago Hillel is creating a cohesive vibrant Jewish community across Chicago campuses and throughout the city. We serve almost two thousand students at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute, Oakton Community College, and Lake Forest College. Metro Chicago Hillel is part of the Hillels of Illinois, a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Metro Chicago Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student and young adult is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. 

About the Base Movement 

Base empowers the best rabbinic leadership in America to build a new type of pluralistic, communal rabbinate. From within their home and neighborhood, the Base rabbinic couple works together to cultivate an authentic familial experience for young Jews seeking a meaningful outlet for learning and community. Base rabbis, like the populations they aim to serve, come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to fostering relationships with Jewish young adults that add meaning, purpose, and joy to their lives. 

Base is a program of Moishe House, the global leader in post college young adult Jewish engagement. 

About Hillel International

In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Metro Chicago Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

Duration
Full Time
Categories
Rabbi
Organization Type
Hillel
Benefits
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | housing benefit | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave | vision
Job Location
US

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