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Yeshiva University is Now Hiring Future Community Leaders

Hundreds Attend YU Jewish Job Fair Seeking Communal and Educational Careers

Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and Institute for University-School Partnership hosted their annual Jewish Job Fair on YU’s Wilf Campus on February 28. More than 50 Jewish day schools and 20 community organizations from across North America, including the Orthodox Union, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Repair the World and others, participated in the event, which was free and open to the public, with YU students and alumni given one hour of priority access.

“Our annual Jewish Job Fair is a natural outgrowth of our mission to support and strengthen Jewish communities and organizations around the world,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of the CJF. “It also provides a platform for talented Jewish leaders to connect with opportunities that will allow them to make their mark on the Jewish world and beyond. We consider it our responsibility to make sure that our graduates are given opportunities to share their unique talents in shaping the Jewish communal landscape.”

More than 300 YU students, alumni and other job seekers gathered for the chance to meet so many employers in Jewish education and nonprofit in one place. But the event also attracted talent and employers from greater distances.

Suzy Richman, director of operations at University Jewish Chaplaincy, traveled from the United Kingdom for the fair. “We place rabbinical couples around university campuses all over the United Kingdom and we’ve had great luck with Yeshiva University students, so it was important for us to be here,” she said.

Jenn Baumstein, program coordinator at Eden Village Camp, decided to participate in the job fair because of its opportunity to tap a unique audience. “We think the folks at YU have a lot to bring to the table and we’re hiring for key positions that require a combination of Jewish knowledge and communal experience,” she said, noting that those positions range from camp nurse to assistant director. “With all the programs offered here, we thought we’d reach a high-range, high-caliber and mature crowd at the fair.”

The job fair was especially notable for job seekers in the Jewish education field. “Schools had the chance to meet with the best and brightest educators, including promising new talent entering the field for the first time,” said Rabbi Maccabee Avishur, associate director for teaching and learning at the University-School Partnership and one of the event organizers. “Job seekers got face-to-face access to school leaders from outstanding institutions around the country. It’s a great way to advance the field of education by continuing to professionalize the candidate search and placement process.”

Edith Koslowe, a Stern College for Women graduate and current student at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, agreed. “It’s great to be able to get a feel for schools and see if you match here instead of scrolling through job listings online or calling every school to see if they’re hiring,” she said. “Here, I can just walk into a room and see who’s looking.”

Alternative Break Interview: Yehudit Goldberg on AJWS in Nicaragua

This past year, thousands of high school and college students spent their winter and spring breaks volunteering to help other people. Yehudit Goldberg, a 21-year old student at Stern College in New York City, was one of them. She volunteered in Nicaragua with Repair the World grantee-partners American Jewish World Service and The Center for the Jewish Future.

Now that she’s back, Yehudit is back to the busy school grind. But she took the time out of her hectic schedule to speak to Repair the World about her desire to reconnect with the issues she cares about, what it’s like to help build a school, and how to keep the passion for service alive once a trip is over.

What is your background with service?
Growing up I went to a modern orthodox day school in University Heights, Ohio (near Cleveland) that did a lot of volunteer work within the Jewish community. We worked with children with special needs and did events around the holidays. We also had a yearly event called Make a Difference Day where they sent students to 20 different locations around the city for various service projects. My school also partnered with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland on their Public Education Initiative where we’d tutor children in the inner city on reading.
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Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future Engages Students in Service

Yeshiva University may be best known as a college that combines Torah learning with serious secular studies, and a premiere institution for training orthodox rabbis. But in recent years, YU has also become a hotbed of service and volunteerism.

Founded in 2005, YU’s Center for the Jewish Future “draws on Yeshiva University’s rich intellectual resources to renew and refresh, strengthen and support…” Jewish communities through learning and service work. The Center is responsible for creating many innovative programs, including direct service trips like their upcoming mission to New Orleans (May 25th-June 1) where students engage in volunteerism and disaster recovery, meet with Jewish communal leaders, and discuss tzedakah and sustainable aid.
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