Springboard Social Justice and Arts Fellow @ Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

Springboard Social Justice and Arts Fellow

Springboard Social Justice and Arts Fellow

Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

Role Overview
Do you have an unrelenting idealism for what the world could be? Imagine a job where you get to make a meaningful impact on both individuals and the world every day. Become a Springboard Social Justice and Arts Fellow at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale! The Springboard Fellowship – a project of Hillel International - is a paid, two-year Fellowship that brings recent college grads with raw talent, passion, and skills to college campuses across North America to reimagine and redesign Jewish student life. This position is located at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

You’ll receive training from experts in the areas of engagement, social action, and community organizing, and learn from Jewish leaders on how to seamlessly weave Judaism into your work as a Hillel engagement professional.

Each day you will be charged with empowering students to work together to make change on a local and domestic level guided by Jewish values, texts, and history. You’ll work with students to identify and act on a variety of issue areas important to their campus. If you’re team-oriented, never give up, and truly believe that you must “be the change you wish to see in the world,” then this is the position for you! Extensive Jewish education is not necessary — just an interest in creating a vibrant Jewish community, a commitment to learning, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of students and the world.

Who You Are
-You believe that college students can change the world.
-You are excited about engaging Jewish college students through social justice and arts conversations
-You have a deep passion for educating and empowering others to organize for issues of interest to them.
-You love to connect with people from different racial and religious, backgrounds, listening with genuine curiosity to people’s stories and beliefs.
-You see justice as a Jewish cause and are excited to help others see this as well.
-You thrive when you are facilitating conversations, recruiting and training volunteers, and creating other spaces for students to learn and develop their own ideas about issues that matter to them.
-You are a master organizer who loves seeing big projects - such as service trips - through from recruiting to fundraising to staffing.
-You are comfortable with the idea that social change occurs through multiple modalities, including volunteering, education, organizing, creating and curating art, and Jewish service-learning.
-You are a skilled and empathetic communicator. You know how to tailor your message to your audience, and bring them into conversation about critical issues. This means change-making ideas will certainly be a part of daily work and life.

What You’ll Get Out of It
-High-level professional development to help develop core skills and gain expertise from changemakers, engagers, and social justice experts.
-Intensive Jewish summer and year-long learning experiences that will provide you with the knowledge, passion, and critical tool kit to fuel your work building our Jewish communities.
-Mentoring and career coaching to help you during and after your Fellowship.
-A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement.
-Travel opportunities, both domestically and internationally, multiple times per year (if permitted following COVID-19 safety guidelines).
-A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Tax Deferred Retirement Plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability insurances, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
-A base salary of $40,000 per year.*

As a Social Justice and Arts Fellow, a typical day may include
-Meeting with a group of students or individual students over coffee or a meal to understand what is most important to them and developing action plans together.
-Supporting students' ideas and concepts for Jewish justice work on campus and in the greater community
-Creating and curating arts-focused programming initiatives
-Participating in a conversation with the leaders of other campus religious and ethnic groups, to plan a shared response to a social issue or develop an art project
-Working Shabbat, holidays, and otherwise supporting the rest of your Hillel team - often on nights and weekends
-Participating in a professional development webinar
-Teaching and facilitating Jewish learning through a social justice and arts lens
-Engaging students to participate in a local volunteer experience
Connecting students with next-stage opportunities at the Slifka Center and beyond
-Adding an arts, service, social justice, or Jewish/universal values element to an existing program such as a Shabbat, a lunch and learn, or a holiday activity.

About the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

Slifka Center is a self-supporting non-profit that serves more than 1,400 Yale undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty, staff, and members of the greater New Haven community. Located at 80 Wall Street, in the heart of Yale University’s campus, Slifka Center provides a warm, welcoming and diverse Jewish environment in which students and other members of the university community can connect socially, culturally, intellectually, and spiritually. Slifka Center is the home to Yale Hillel which hosts multiple minyanim and communities of students with diverse interests including Magevet (Yale’s Jewish a cappella group), Shibboleth (Yale’s undergraduate journal of Jewish thought), W{Holy} Queer (Yale’s premier LGBTQ program), Yale Friends of Israel, Jewish service and social justice programs as well as other student groups. For more information see www.slifkacenter.org.

The Slifka Center contains the only kosher dining hall on campus, which serves as a focal point for student life within and beyond the Jewish community and a meeting place for students, faculty and community members alike. In addition to the kosher kitchen, the facility also features a chapel, a library, a Beit Midrash as well as additional gathering spaces utilized by the Yale campus community. The building is currently undergoing a major renovation and is expected to reopen in early Fall 2021.

About New Haven:
Now Connecticut’s second largest city with a population of nearly 130,000, New Haven, the nation’s first planned city, sits on the coast midway between New York and Boston. The central town square, established in 1640 and located across the street from Old Campus (Yale’s “front door”) and a block away from Slifka Center, hosts many summer concerts and other events. A wealth of museums, theaters and Yale’s architecture-style Gothic academic buildings are all woven into the fabric of the city, which stretches for 20 square miles and is picturesquely surrounded by the red bluffs of East and West Rock. Residential communities range from modern high-rise apartments to lovely old houses on tree-lined streets that lead to campus, shops, restaurants, hiking trails, beaches and more. Famed for its intellectual life, sports, cuisine, theater and music, New Haven expands each summer with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. New Haven has had a significant Jewish presence since 1758 and currently has 11,000 Jewish households, many of whom participate in the array of activities which Slifka Center provides.

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.

The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale 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.

Application Instructions

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, 401(k) or 403(b) plans
  • Other Benefits: High-level professional development to help develop core skills and gain expertise from changemakers, engagers, and social justice experts.
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: N/A
  • Job Posted: 2021-06-23
  • Times this job has been viewed: 264 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Social Justice, Arts
  • Organization Type: Hillel
Job Location
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
80 Wall St
New Haven , Connecticut 06511


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