Join Syracuse Hillel as the Campus Rabbi to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life at Syracuse University. As an authentic Jewish teacher, you will provide leadership for the Hillel community through grassroots community organizing, spiritual connection, and community engagement. As a gregarious community organizer, you’ll reach out, identify, develop and maintain relationships with students both engaged and less engaged with Jewish life. You will increase the level of involvement and commitment of students in all aspects of Jewish life on campus. You’ll use your magnetic personality to inspire students to make Judaism integral to their life choices and expressed Jewish values. Our students are highly social and have a drive to personal excellence. They enjoy school sports (especially basketball and football), are involved leaders in many areas on campus including clubs, greek organizations, and through academic programs, and are consistently building career oriented skills. Our students truly bleed orange and are awesome (we’re genuinely wowed by them daily).
What You’ll Do
- Be part of a team of professionals dedicated to creating an excellent Hillel to provide for the needs of Syracuse University’s 2500 Jewish students.
- Build personal relationships with at least 180 - 200 students per year from a variety of backgrounds through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities in Jewish life on campus.
- Identify the needs of different segments of the Jewish community on campus that are underserved and develop strategies for meeting these needs with proven community organizing and engagement methods.
- Build innovative, pluralistic approaches to Shabbat, holidays, and rituals. Organize and lead egalitarian High Holiday services, holiday programming and Passover Seders, and train students to lead meaningful services for their peers.
- Continue to strengthen excellent strategic relationships with different organizations and departments on campus, especially with Greek Life and cultural centers, as well as in the local community.
- As the Jewish Chaplain at Syracuse University, develop key partners in Hendricks Chapel, the interfaith center on campus, which will be integral to the success of the Hillel. Take an active role in participation in interfaith events and weekly chaplain meetings and interface regularly with the Dean.
- Provide pastoral care services for students, faculty, and staff.
- Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, and educational programs. Pilot creative, new educational approaches and initiatives on campus.
- Participate in the Syracuse Rabbinic Council activities as a representative of Syracuse Hillel.
- Interface with parents, alumni, university professionals, board members, and other stakeholders as appropriate.
On a Day to Day Basis You Will
- Meet with students 1:1 with a goal of 6-8 “coffee meetings” per week that focus on new and developing relationships.
- Facilitate educational opportunities around campus, including the Jewish Learning Fellowship.
- Meet with students to co-create Jewish experiences for them and their networks of peers based on their interests, and to offer support and guidance.
- Mentor student leaders as they contribute to Hillel and the campus community in new, creative ways.
- Collaborate with university chaplains and administrators to develop high-level experiences for the campus community around religious and spiritual life.
- Partner with other Hillel staff on programming and outreach to targeted populations.
What You’ve Accomplished
- Rabbinic ordination from an accredited institution.
- Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
- Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.
- Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
- Engagement and grassroots community organizing experience, as this work is a critical component of all other initiatives you’ll put on.
- A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.
- A strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
- Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
- Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
- Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically in order to reach goals, including proactive planning and attention to deadlines.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $ 85,000 - $95,000.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel as relevant.
About Syracuse Hillel
Syracuse Hillel empowers students to become the next generation of Jewish leaders as they nurture and strengthen their Jewish identity, connection to the Jewish people, and the State of Israel. Hillel cultivates the potential within students to live a meaningful and productive life guided by Jewish values and wisdom. Syracuse Hillel has gone through unprecedented growth over the past several years. The partnerships with Syracuse University stem from the highest levels of support from the Chancellor, Dean of Hendricks Chapel, and administration to ensure Hillel’s success. Syracuse Hillel also benefits from strong partnership with the Jewish Federation of Central New York and with Hillel International, who provides resources and leadership to help Syracuse Hillel achieve excellence. Syracuse Hillel engages between 40-50% of the 2,500 Jewish undergraduate students at Syracuse University. As the Campus Rabbi, you will strengthen Hillel’s ability to meet the needs of Jewish students and create vibrant Jewish life on campus. You’ll also join a stellar team of energized staff who focus on excellence, collaboration, professional development, and a thirst for knowledge.
Syracuse has an accessible and engaged Jewish community which supports a Jewish day school, JCC, Jewish Home, Reform temple, two Conservative synagogues, and an Orthodox synagogue. There is kosher food sold at multiple supermarkets. The Campus Rabbi will sit on the Syracuse Rabbinical Council.
Syracuse is a small city with restaurants, shops, music venues, local theater, and a moderate-sized airport. Syracuse experiences all four seasons and there may be snow on the ground any time between November and May. Fall is filled with beautiful trees, apple picking, and crisp nature walks. Winter is skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor winter sports. Spring time is farmer’s markets, blooming flowers, and hikes. Summer is lakes, waterfalls, and festivals (including the NYS Fair!). These are just some of the benefits of living in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region.
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.
Syracuse 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.