for the coming year
Starting Summer 2023
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
Rice University home of the Owls
University of Houston home of the Cougars
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.
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!
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
Professional Sports Teams
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.
Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff – Houston Hillel has two teams.
Jewish Herald Voice – Search for “Houston Hillel” to read recent articles about us.
Jewish Studies at Rice
Jewish Studies at UH
Israeli Consulate in Houston
National Council of Jewish Women Houston