Rabbi of the Orthodox Community
University of Michigan Hillel
We are excited to offer a full-time rabbinic position as part of University of Michigan Hillel’s program staff team, focused on providing leadership and guidance to our diverse Orthodox community. This rabbi will bring energy and creativity as a community-builder, passion for Jewish learning, and an ability to inspire and lead a diverse community. While the primary focus of this role will be on college students, this rabbi will also lead a Modern Orthodox congregation that is composed of both students and community members, based in the Hillel building. This candidate will have an excitement for and understanding of working with a diverse Orthodox community in a college context.
What You’ll Do:
- Pursue the mission, goals, and educational vision of the University of Michigan Hillel as an active member of Hillel’s program team.
- Work collaboratively to ensure that the Orthodox community’s needs are met within the pluralistic and vibrant space of the University of Michigan Hillel
- Build relationships with approximately 180 students (the majority of whom will be Orthodox observant students) and report on your interactions in Hillel’s database for tracking and evaluation purposes
- Support the O-Minyan (orthodox student group) student leaders in program planning and peer-to-peer engagement efforts, including Shabbat- and Holidays-in-the-Home run by students .
- Develop and support vibrant educational experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, and educational programs, including targeted weekly classes.
- Oversee the kashrut of the Hillel kitchen
- Work collaboratively with other staff to support Hillel programming, including overseeing other student groups, supporting Hillel Shabbat and holiday programming, and contributing to overall engagement efforts
- Develop and nurture relationships with university student life professionals and religious life staff, and local Jewish clergy and professional colleagues
- As the religious leader of a combined student and community minyan, you will:
- Lead Shabbat and Holiday services, be a supportive resource in training students and community members to lead, and ensure all services are organized with a leader when not directly leading
- Work with students and community members to organize the daily Orthodox minyan and prayers
- Offer relevant and inspiring Shabbat and holiday sermons, delivered by you as the rabbi or other members of the community
- Organize educational experiences over Shabbat and Holidays of interest and relevance to students and community members
- Provide pastoral counseling and support to students and community members, including supporting lifecycle events and those pursuing Orthodox conversion
- Provide halakhic decision-making for the Orthodox community, including both personal and communal guidance
What You’ve Accomplished:
- Orthodox or modern orthodox semichah
- Relevant work experience in grassroots community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education with Orthodox communities
- Proven success in leading active minyanim, including leining (daily, Shabbat and holiday services) and delivering inspiring sermons
- Proven success in community building and engagement, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
- Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising is desirable.
- Training and experience in overseeing kashrut is desirable.
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. An ability to transfer knowledge of these texts through inspiring sermons and engaging teaching.
- Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism in a way that is approachable and meets students and community members at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
- A warm, engaging, approachable personality with a commitment to creating an inclusive, warm, and welcoming Orthodox community that falls within a vibrant, pluralistic Hillel community.
- A passion for building community around the dining room table, by inviting students to celebrate Shabbat and holidays in creative ways in your home.
- A spirit of creativity and innovation, with a willingness to try new things and learn from mistakes.
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions and seeking guidance.
- Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration. An ability to collaborate and communicate across teams between, inside, and outside of Hillel.
What You’ll Receive:
- Competitive salary range of $82-87,000. Start date is flexible (between January 2022 t0 July 2022).
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous personal/sick time, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.
Who We Are:
University of Michigan Hillel - With approximately 5,000 Jewish undergraduate students on campus (comprising 15% of the undergraduate student body), the University of Michigan Hillel offers diverse, pluralistic and innovative ways to engage in Jewish life on campus. O-Minyan is one of 40 student groups in the Hillel, with approximately 70-80 Modern Orthodox and traditionally observant students. University of Michigan Hillel is a national leader in nurturing empowered leadership among students who have a profound impact not only on campus life but on the broader Jewish community as well. Most importantly, our student leaders feel a strong sense of ownership, empowerment, and accomplishment.
About Ann Arbor:
Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan
The Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan, which is more than 50 years old, is an intimate and vibrant orthodox congregation. Its membership, which totals approximately 75 members, is multigenerational, including families with babies and school-aged children, young couples just starting out, empty-nesters, and retirees. This diverse community provides frequent opportunities for its members to learn Torah, celebrate, socialize, and connect with Judaism in ways they find meaningful.
Jewish Life in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is a vibrant and culturally rich small city (110,000 people) that regularly leads rankings due to its quality of life, renowned academics and highly ranked University of Michigan Hospital. The city prides itself on hosting top performers and lecturers, natural and recreational spaces, and a football stadium that holds more fans on a game day than the entire population of Ann Arbor. The Jewish community has one of everything (Eruv, Mikvah, Jewish Federation, Jewish Day School, Jewish Community Center, and Secular Humanistic, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chabad and local home-based services). Kosher products are available in town (meat, cheese, challah etc.) and prepared kosher food is available at the University of Michigan and Hillel. Ann Arbor is the kind of town where people greet each other in the street and where you can have an impact on building community, while the university’s size and diversity make you feel like you are always meeting new people and learning something new.
Ann Arbor is 45 minutes from the greater Metro Detroit Jewish community, which has many Kosher restaurants and additional Jewish schools.
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 students that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.
University of Michigan Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.