Building Vibrant Jewish Campus Life

As the first full-time Advisor to Jewish Students at Vassar College, I worked with students, faculty and staff to develop a thriving and dynamic Jewish life program.  And, as the Assistant Director of Vassar’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, I was well situated to help the Jewish student community define its distinct role within the broader religious life of the campus.  

During my eleven years at Vassar, I had the opportunity to visit dozens of other Jewish life programs; co-lead numerous workshops and presentations on the role of religious life in academia; and participate in chaplaincy audits.  In the recently published College & University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century, I authored the chapter “Not So Religious: Jewish Chaplaincy in the Twenty-First Century,” which has been used in graduate courses for the training of college chaplains.

As a freelance rabbi, I now serve as a consultant to chaplains and Jewish professionals who are seeking ways to strengthen Jewish life on their campuses.  Having previously worked for fifteen years as a psychologist in both clinical and educational settings, I will bring a systems perspective to help you assess and address the particular challenges and opportunities of your campus program.

Specifically, I support both chaplains and Jewish professionals in:

➢ assessing the strengths and challenges of an existing Jewish life program

➢ creating goals and developing a strategic plan for the growth of Jewish life on campus

➢ fostering joyful, pluralistic Jewish community that is integrated into the broader campus life

➢ identifying key stakeholders and increasing collaboration and meaningful dialogue to promote your goals and objectives

➢ devising, planning, and leading workshops and presentations that explore the unique needs and challenges of Jewish campus communities

I am available for both Skype consultations and campus visits.  Please feel free to contact me for an introductory phone call to discuss how I can help you grow a vibrant Jewish life program on your campus!