Henry Kohn Fellowship at Slifka Center

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Slifka Center is planning an inaugural Henry Kohn Conference for the 2021-22 academic year. The topic will be the dialogue between immigration and religious conversion, with an eye towards both intellectual creativity and towards enriching the ideas and practices of contemporary Judaism. 

This conference will have four essential components: 1) a year-long collaboration between scholars and practitioners through monthly Zoom workshops; 2) a Shabbaton April 29-30, 2022 in which these collaborators meet, discuss, and share their ideas with selected members of the Yale community; 3) a public conference on May 1 to which students, alumni and other guests will be invited, featuring interactive sessions and a keynote; and 4) an edited volume to be published from the sessions.

Your role would be to work closely with the Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale to bring this conference from concept to reality. Responsibilities will be wide-ranging, from administrative to research, editing, and facilitation. The position will begin in summer 2021 and continue through mid 2022, with the potential of renewal (which would focus on a potential 2023 conference).

What You’ll Do:

  • Participate in the design of the conference – its goals, methods, and schedule
  • Communicate with participants at different stages of their involvement
  • Manage tech for monthly scholar/practitioner gatherings
  • Handle media (social and otherwise) outreach
  • Coordinate finances of travel, honoraria, etc
  • Collect and produce written materials for the conference
  • In the week of the conference, managing the myriad details (including working with caterers and Yale facilities)


What You Will Bring to the Job:

  • Familiarity with the academic world – Yale affiliation preferred
  • A demonstrated commitment to creating new Jewish ideas and relationships
  • Ability to work in a flexible, digital workspace
  • Ability to juggle multiple demands and types of responsibilities simultaneously
  • Strong organizational, communication, and project-management skills
  • Ability to travel and stay in New Haven in the weeks around 5/1/22
  • Familiarity with Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and ability to learn new software quickly

What You Will Receive:

  • A salary of $1,000 monthly, with an additional $1,000 for the ten-day period surrounding the conference
  • A unique opportunity to participate in and shape a new set of educational programs unlike any that exist on college campuses 
  • Relationships with well-connected, exciting thinkers creating new ideas and communities
  • Mentorship and professional development

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rabbi Jason Rubenstein at jason.rubenstein@yale.edu.

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