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Egalitarian Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator

Posted on May 5, 2024

Brown RISD Hillel - Providence, RI

Egalitarian, Inclusive/Diverse, Not Applicable

Brown RISD Hillel is a nationally recognized leader in Jewish campus engagement, and is the gateway to Jewish life for students at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). More than a center for Jewish programming and ritual, Hillel is an integral part of the social, cultural, educational, and political life for students. Brown RISD Hillel is seeking a visionary spiritual leader and rabbi who will help elevate Jewish wisdom and inspire Jewish practice and engagement across the entire ecosystem of College Hill. This is a unique moment for Jewish life at Brown and RISD. The elements to support a flourishing community dedicated to Jewish learning and innovation are all in place. We seek a rabbinic leader reflective of our vital community and able to serve as a resource and mentor, connecting students to the wisdom and power of our inherited traditions. 

What You’ll Do

  • Develop strong relationships with a diverse array of Jewish students, serving as mentor, pastor, and rabbi. 
  • Support leading innovative students to shape impactful projects and initiatives, enabling them to explore their passions and Jewish ideas. 
  • Transform the Jewish ambiance of College Hill with acts of “public space Judaism” and collaborations with cross-campus partners and clubs. 
  • Nurture the growth of BRH’s spiritual communities, strengthening opportunities for sophisticated engagement with Jewish text.  
  • Lead High Holiday services for students and the University community. 
  • Enliven the Shabbat & Chag experience for different types of Jews on College Hill, supporting student-led minyanim and being a presence at Shabbat & Chag meals. 
  • Elevate BRH’s Englander Beit Midrash as a center for Jewish intellectual and cultural engagement, text study, and platform for emerging Jewish voices. 
  • Collaborate with other senior level staff to shape and develop the mission and educational vision of BRH.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with University student life, religious life staff, and the local Jewish community.
  • Foster interfaith collaboration across campus.
  • Oversee community service & tikkun olam initiatives.
  • On a day to day basis you will
  • Meet with students in coffee shops across College Hill. 
  • Collaborate with BRH staff and student leaders, shaping a vision for Jewish educational initiatives. 
  • Gather with a dozen students to explore pressing contemporary questions through the prism of Jewish wisdom. 
  • Sit on the Main Green with a sign that reads, “Free Rabbinic Advice”.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Rabbinic ordination from a recognized seminary in America or Israel. 
  • Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education.
  • Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
  • Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising is desirable.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Uncompromising commitment to Jewish pluralism.
  • Capacity to translate a wide variety of Jewish textual traditions.
  • A compassionate heart.
  • A sense of humor. 
  • Connectivity to leading change makers in the Jewish world.
  • Expansive vision for the possibilities of Jewish community and learning on a leading university campus.
  • Rootedness in the land, people, and Torah of Eretz Yisrael.
  • A joyful, optimistic, cooperative way of being in the world.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $90,000 – $100,000.
  • 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.

Apply on: https://boards.greenhouse.io/hillel/jobs/4413589005https://www.brownrisdhillel.org.