Senior Rabbinic Position - Base Hillel

Location: Cornell Hillel
Job Type: Jewish Educator
Last updated: 5/24/18 8:53 AM

Description

Please note that there are two roles described below. 

 

Base Rabbis and their partner must apply together and submit separate cover letters and resumes.

 

Base empowers the best Rabbinic leadership in America to build a new type of pluralistic Rabbinate. From within their home, Base Rabbis and their partner work together to cultivate an authentic familial experience for young Jews seeking a meaningful outlet for learning and community. Base Rabbis, like the populations they aim to serve, come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to fostering relationships with Jewish young adults that add meaning, purpose, and joy to their lives through hospitality, learning and service.

 

A Base Rabbi and his/her spouse/partner/roommate etc. use their home as the convening point for pluralistic Jewish life. Base Rabbis serve Jewish students, and their extended social network. A Base Rabbi and partner host Shabbat and holiday meals, study with individuals and small groups, are available for counseling or life cycle events, and facilitate service opportunities. Base Rabbis are therefore: pluralistic rabbis, knowledgeable teachers, pastoral mentors, and community organizers. They must have a vision for the Jewish world that they want to share and an entrepreneurial spirit to actualize that vision. 

 

The Base Ithaca Rabbi will be a Senior position among the Cornell Hillel staff, with at least 2-4 years of work experience.

The Base Rabbi and their partner, the Base Senior Educator, reports to: Executive Director of Cornell Hillel.

 

Base Rabbi Position and Qualifications


Base Rabbis must be: 

  • 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.
  • A Relationship Builder-  capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students.
  • An 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.
  • Knowledgeable-  highly educated in areas of Jewish content, thus providing the educator with a reservoir of knowledge to share with students.
  • A Strategic Community Organizer-  thinks strategically about how to reach and impact young Jewish adults not involved in the traditional networks, and will utilize methodologies of community organizing in order to manage and strategize for success.
  • A Self -Starter- highly motivated, driven to succeed, reflective and open.
  • A Team Player-  energized by collaboration and building teams.  
  • An Entrepreneurial Spirit-  an openness to trying new approaches to Jewish engagement and a willingness to take risks in order to actualize their vision for strengthening Jewish life.

 

Qualifications/Skills

  • Rabbinical ordination. 
  • Live in a shared home with a partner.
  • 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.
  • Entrepreneurial energy and Jewish vision.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously.

 

This position will be successful if:

  • A significant number of new students and Jewish young adults are being meaningfully engaged in Jewish life and have a direct relationship with this individual.
  • This individual has a teaching and/or Jewish mentoring relationship with at 180 students and Jewish young adults. 
  • It is animated by a comprehensive engagement strategy that utilizes peer engagement and relationship building.
  • S/he is capable of 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 a Base Rabbi a typical day may include:

  • Coffee meetings or pastoral one-on-one sessions with a few Jewish young adults.
  • Planning a service opportunity with a few Jewish young adults.
  • Visiting local seniors with a few Jewish young adults.
  • Hosting a group learning session at the Base in the evening. 
  • Recording interactions in CRM and consolidating information from the days’ experiences. 

 

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 spiritual guide to a spiritual community at Cornell Hillel
  • 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 Cornell Hillel and reports solely to the Executive Director of Cornell Hillel.
  • Is an integral member of the Cornell Hillel team and works collaboratively with Hillel staff.
  • Works in coordination and collaboration with the Director of Strategic Development for Base Hillel and the Chief Innovation Officer of Hillel International.

 

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Cornell Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave. 
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace, compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities.
  • Independent and hands on work in an exciting, start up environment.
  • Flexible work hours.

 

Base Senior Educator Position and Qualifications
The Base Senior Educator is the spouse/partner/roommate/friend etc. of the Base Rabbi. The Base Senior Educator lives in a shared home with the Base Rabbi and act as a part-time employee of Cornell Hillel supporting the Base’s activities such as hosting on Shabbat, organizing learning groups, and facilitating service opportunities for young Jewish adults.

 

A Base Senior Educator must be:

  • An Authentic Jewish personality - a living model of how to live an integrated Jewish life, and will be able to inspire students, through his or her own story, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices and expressed Jewish values.
  • A Relationship Builder –capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students.
  • An Entrepreneurial Spirit - an openness to trying new approaches to Jewish engagement and a willingness to take risks in order to actualize their vision for strengthening Jewish life.

 

Base Senior Educators use their strengths and knowledge to support the Base Rabbi and the activities at the Base.

 

A typical week as a Base Senior Educator would include:

  • Planning for Shabbat/holidays and hosting a meal.
  • Recording interactions in CRM and consolidating information from Base activities.
  • 1 coffee date or one-on-one learning session with a Jewish young adult, or planning and teaching monthly group learning session on an area of particular interest.

 

Compensation & Benefits:

  • $20,000 for 15 hours work/week.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities.
  • Independent work, interest/strength driven.
  • Flexible work hours.

 

More about Cornell Hillel:
Cornell University is one of the world’s foremost institutions of higher education, with seven undergraduate schools and five graduate schools located in Ithaca, NY, in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State. Cornell Hillel is housed in Anabel Taylor Hall, home of the Cornell United Religious Works. Jewish students make up approximately one-quarter of the student body on the Ithaca campus, approximately 3,500 students. Cornell Hillel currently engages a talented professional team of 11 full time and one part professional.


Ithaca combines small town life with a world class academic/college town community. Ithaca has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America.

 

Cornell Hillel 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. 

 

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