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Become Houston Hillel's next
Springboard Fellow

Scroll down to learn about Houston and our Jewish community,
and explore houstonhillel.org, jewston.org and qjews.org!

Don't forget to read about our recent awards.
Outstanding Campus and 2022 Award

Fantastic Students

Amazing Staff
for the coming year

Rabbi Kenny Weiss
Executive Director

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Assistant
Director

Arriving Summer 2023

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Daniel Kimel 
Jewish Agency
Israel Fellow
to Houston Hillel
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Sara Keene 
QJews Program Director
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Kedem Blatt 
Jewish Family Service Counselor
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Springboard Innovation Fellow Job Description
 

What we’re about:

 

Houston Hillel includes three components. 

  • Houston Hillel fosters Jewish Life on College Campuses in Southeast Texas.

  • Jewston is Houston Hillel’s Community for Jewish Twentysomethings.

  • QJews provides a celebratory space for Houston's Queer Jews in their Twenties and Thirties.

 

Houston Hillel is a multi-campus Hillel Foundation. We maintain autonomous student boards and a presence on campus at our primary campuses (Rice University, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, UT McGovern Medical School, South Texas College of Law Houston, University of Houston Law Center), while students from campuses with smaller Jewish populations participate in our citywide events.

 

You'll spend most of your time with undergraduate students at Rice University and the University of Houston and engage students at a few other schools with very small Jewish populations.

 

Our primary facility, the Ida and William Zinn Building, acts as both a student center and a community resource. We also operate the UH Hillel Student Lounge in the A.D. Bruce Religion Center on the University of Houston campus. We engage Jewish twentysomethings (ages 21-29) through Jewston, which means there's a fabulous Jewish community to meet outside of work.

 

Everyone is welcome at Houston Hillel. Virtually all of our events are free, and we never ask students to rsvp. We are the only inclusive, egalitarian, and pluralistic Jewish organization in Houston.

 

Houston 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.

 

Beyond the Springboard Innovation Fellow job description, you'll benefit from the following at Houston Hillel.

 

  • Houston’s dynamic twentysomething Jewish community. Check out Jewston!

  • Free lunches just about every day of the week.

  • Living in Houston, the most racially and ethnically diverse city in America.

  • Houston's affordable housing market and low cost of living.

  • A Remote Work Stipend.

  • Holidays – Houston Hillel is closed from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day, and it's unlikely that you'll have to work during this period. We’re also closed every April 25 for Houston Hillel Day, really.

  • Mileage Reimbursement at the IRS rate for trips taken outside of central Houston during the course of your workday.

  • Access to Houston Hillel’s fund solely dedicated to providing financial travel support for employees seeking abortion access that is not available locally.

  • High Holy Day Sermon  – If you desire, you have the opportunity to deliver the sermon at one of Houston Hillel’s High Holy Day services. Kenny will work with you as you craft your sermon and learn various delivery techniques.

Welcome to Houston

Recent NY Times article: 36 Hours in Houston

Houston’s official visitor website

Rice University’s welcome website

Houston Chronicle

Houston Press

Houstonia Magazine

 

Universities

Rice University home of the Owls

University of Houston home of the Cougars

Houston Community College

University of St. Thomas

Sam Houston State University

 

Culture

You’ll always find something to see and do in Houston.

For an overview check out CultureMap Houston.

 

Art Car Parade – There’s nothing like it anywhere.

Miller Outdoor Theatre - A short walk from Houston Hillel

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Theater District – Loads of theaters downtown, including the BalletSymphony and Opera.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

 

Museums

Museum District – Virtually all of Houston’s museums are within walking distance of each other, and only a fifteen minute walk from Houston Hillel!

Here are a couple, shall we say, different museums.

National Museum of Funeral History – Very cool with a great gift shop!

Orange Show – including the Beer Can House.

 

Parks and Recreation

Discovery Green – An amazing urban park

Memorial Park – The most popular running trail in Houston

Hermann Park – A ten minute walk from Houston Hillel

Buffalo Bayou – A great place to walk and bike

Rice Running Loop – A few blocks from Houston Hillel

Houston Marathon and Half-Marathon

Professional Sports Teams

The Texans football team plays in NRG Stadium, which is hosted two Super Bowls!

The Astros baseball team plays in Minute Maid Park.

The Rockets basketball team plays in the Toyota Center, which is also a great place for concerts.

The Dynamo soccer team plays in its own brand new stadium, the BBVA Compass Stadium.

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The Houston Jewish Community

 

About 50,000 Jews live in greater Houston. Houston’s Jewish community is very close and cooperative. The various Jewish movements, synagogues and agencies work together. As the fourth largest city in the US, many national and international Jewish organizations have regional offices in Houston.

 

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Reform Synagogues: Congregation Emanu El (just a few blocks from Houston Hillel), Congregation Beth IsraelTemple SinaiHouston Congregation for Reform Judaism.

Conservative Synagogues: Beth Yeshurun (the largest Conservative synagogue in the US), Brith ShalomOr Ami.

Orthodox Synagogues: United Orthodox SynagoguesMeyerland Minyan.

Jewish Community Center

Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff – Houston Hillel has two teams.

Jewish Herald Voice – Search for “Houston Hillel” to read recent articles about us.

Houston Kashruth Association

Jewish Family Service

Jewish Studies at Rice

Jewish Studies at UH

Israeli Consulate in Houston

ADL Houston

AJC Houston

AIPAC Houston

FIDF Houston

National Council of Jewish Women Houston

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