Campus Rabbi

Hillel International | Philadelphia, PA, United States

Posted Date 1/11/2022

Campus Rabbi

Univerisity of Pennsylvania

Role Overview

Penn Hillel is also opening a second on-campus location, which will internally be known as “the Bayit at Penn Hillel”, that will offer access to Jewish life for students who are not already engaged. This approach will bring Shabbat dinner, Jewish dialogue, and deep educational events to students in the dorms and fraternity and sorority houses on and off campus in West Philly. Simultaneously, the Bayit Rabbinic couple will offer home-based hospitality to students in an on-campus apartment setting. By offering this alternative to Jewish life within Steinhardt Hall itself, Penn Hillel ensures that every Jewish student, regardless of background, can have a safe and meaningful space to explore and grow Jewishly. 

The Bayit Rabbi and their spouse/partner/etc. will use their home as the convening point for pluralistic Jewish life within the University of Pennsylvania ecosystem. The couple will serve Jewish students, and their extended social network. The Bayit Rabbi and their partner host Shabbat and holiday meals, study with individuals and small groups, are available for counseling or life cycle events, and facilitate service opportunities.   

The Bayit Rabbi reports to the Executive Director of Penn Hillel. 

What You’ll Do

This position will be successful if:

  • This individual has a teaching and/or Jewish mentoring relationship with 180 students, of whom a significant number are being engaged Jewishly for the first time in their college experience
  • It is animated by a comprehensive engagement strategy that utilizes peer engagement and relationship building
  • The rabbi is bringing sophisticated, relevant Jewish substance to conversations and activities with students
  • Meaningful and effective partnerships are forged that strengthen the local Jewish community and provide more resources to Jewish young adults

As Rabbi of the Bayit at Penn, a typical day may include:

  • Coffee meetings or pastoral one-on-one sessions with 4-6 students
  • Bringing dinner to a fraternity house, and facilitating either a formal or informal Jewish educational session on a relevant and provocative topic
  • Hosting a group learning session at the Bayit in the evening
  • Preparing and serving a meal to 15 previously under-engaged students, including non-Jews
  • Providing space for a student experiencing a personal problem who may need time away from their dorm, apartment, or roommate
  • Recording and tracking interactions in Penn Hillel’s system

Key Job Responsibilities:

Relationship Building and Jewish Experiences

  • Build relationships with at least 180 previously uninvolved Jewish young adults over the course of a year, by engaging them in meaningful conversations and offering them a variety of Jewish experiences.
  • This will include meeting students one-on-one, teaching in small groups and staffing immersion experiences, and developing new and creative Jewish initiatives, including on and around Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
  • Serve as a mentor and guide to a spiritual community on campus
  • Serve as supervisor for 3-6 peer engagement fellowships.
  • This will include designing weekly group meetings to enhance and facilitate students’ experience as engagement interns, developing measurable goals for interns, and ensuring breadth of the interns’ impact along with depth of their experience in the program.

Jewish Educational Resource

  • Act as a key educational resource for both Hillel staff and students, helping to enrich their Jewish journeys and coach them in their ability to facilitate Jewish opportunities.
  • Bring creative and meaningful approaches to existing projects, programs, and learning communities. 

Community Partnerships & Collaboration

  • Act as a Jewish leader and community organizer in the local community. This requires meeting existing organizational leaders and finding ways to collaborate and connect young Jewish adults to the local community.
  • This requires openness to collaboration and the ability to forge partnerships across organizations and campus boundaries.  

Supervision & Teamwork:

  • This is a senior staff position at Penn Hillel and reports solely to the Executive Director of Penn Hillel.
  • Is an integral member of the Penn Hillel team and works collaboratively with Hillel staff.
  • Will help to export the learning and insights gleaned from the position to the broader Hillel and Hillel International communities

What You Need for this Position:

  • Rabbinical ordination
  • Live in a shared home with a partner
  • Entrepreneurial energy and Jewish vision
  • Success working in informal education frameworks
  • Experience with young adults and proven ability to relate to their concerns and developmental stage
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically in order to reach clear goals
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • An authentic Jewish personality- a living model of how to live an integrated Jewish life and able to inspire students, through his or her own story, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices and expressed Jewish values
  • Relationship builder - capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students
  • Informal Educator - experienced with the theory and practice of informal education and will use that knowledge to model and teach others how to create the most effective opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience $85-95,000
  • The Rabbi’s spouse/partner will receive a $20,000 stipend for 15 hours work/week 
  • The couple will receive $20,000 towards a housing stipend, in order to live in an on-campus apartment
  • Great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities
  • Independent work, interest/strength driven 
  • Flexible work hours

About Penn Hillel

No matter one’s interest or Jewish background, Penn Hillel is there to get to know each and every Jewish student by name and by story so that we can connect them to the next set of experiences, communities, and relationships that will provoke them to grow into Jewish adulthood.

Hillel is home to over 30 different student communities and initiatives that hold over 200 events per month. This includes a weekly soup kitchen, a wide variety of opportunities to engage with and learn about Israel, world famous speakers and public intellectuals, and alternative break trips to the UAE, Israel, and beyond. All of this is in addition to the nearly 300 students who experience Shabbat each week, when we offer up to six different services on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.

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.

Penn 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.

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