Orthodox Rabbi

Hillel International | Cambridge, MA, United States

Posted Date 6/29/2022

Orthodox Rabbi

Harvard Hillel


Harvard Hillel seeks an Orthodox Rabbi for August 2022 - May 2023.  This is an interim, 10- month, academic year position, as we conduct a rabbinic search for a full-time position to follow.  The person engaged in the interim capacity may become a candidate in that search; however, the engagement offered here is for the 10-month position.  

We are open to various possible configurations for this interim role, including part-time, provided the candidate is able to spend ample time with our students and community.

We will also consider for this interim position a rabbinical student approaching semikhah within the period of the engagement, who may also be interested in becoming a candidate in our full-time rabbinic search.  

The successful candidate for this interim position will join a dedicated professional team at Harvard Hillel that represents many forms of Jewish life, and will take part in the multi-faceted Jewish community of Harvard Hillel, which includes local community as well as students.  While strongly representing Orthodox tradition and an Orthodox way of Jewish life, the Orthodox Rabbi will support Orthodox students and associated local community in sustaining and developing Orthodox life, learning, and togetherness, especially serving as a guide and mentor to undergraduate students as they navigate life and learning at Harvard.

An official role may be created also for a rabbinic spouse (rebbetzin), as there is strong interest among constituents in such a person's involvement in fostering Orthodox community and learning in Harvard Hillel.  

Responsibilities of the rabbinic role include —

  • Mentoring and being a guiding pastoral presence to Orthodox students.
  • Being an inspiring and enabling rabbinic teacher for Orthodox constituents, teaching several weekly Torah classes and lessons and guiding mishmarchavrutachabura, and other Torah learning.
  • Serving as the Rabbi of Harvard Hillel's Orthodox Minyan, which is also a spiritual and ritual home base for a sizeable local community in addition to Harvard students.
  • Fostering and taking part in social and communal events and activities for the Orthodox community, particularly working closely with Orthodox student leadership to develop rich Orthodox communal life for Harvard students.  
  • Being an inspiring Orthodox Jewish teacher for the entire Harvard Hillel community, and an active member of the interfaith community of Harvard Chaplains, acknowledging the rights of others to their own ways and abiding by the non-proselytization agreement agreed to by all Harvard Chaplains 
  • Liaising between Harvard Hillel and the local Va'ad for kashrut certification, serving as the rabbinic advisor to a team of student- and community mashgichim, while also getting to know and working with Harvard University Dining Services administrators and kitchen staff to ensure standards are upheld in good-spirited partnership.
  • Leading and taking part in Shabbat and Yom Tov celebrations and activities, including at least one off-site Shabbaton for the Orthodox student community.  
  • Working closely with the entire Hillel staff to ensure that Orthodox students' needs are met and communal harmony is valued and maintained with mutual understanding.
  • Maintaining and building relationships with Jewish day schools to interest prospective students in joining the community.

The successful candidate will be —

  • Clearly and confidently Orthodox in Jewish thought, life, and practice. 
  • Intellectually active and engaged as befits involvement with the Harvard community.
  • Knowledgeable and articulate as a speaker and teacher.
  • Warm, personable, outgoing, engagement-oriented, good at outreach and at developing relationships with students and other community members. 
  • Hospitable and eager to share Jewish life with students, community, and colleagues.
  • Fun to be with, understanding that earnest and dedicated Harvard students also come to Harvard Hillel after long academic days in search of enjoyment in community.

The successful candidate for the 10 month position will receive a competitive salary, according to the configuration of the position; and, if full-time for the period, benefits as specified in the Hillel International Personnel Code.  

If the successful candidate is a rabbinical student approaching semikhah, travel will be subsidized and accommodation provided in local Orthodox family homes for time at Harvard Hillel to include frequent weekdays as well as Shabbatot and holidays.  

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.

Harvard 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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