Rabbi Yonah Hain
Title: Campus Rabbi
Phone: (212) 854-1519
Rabbi Yonah Hain is our Campus Rabbi and serves as a member of the Columbia University Office of Religious Life. He shapes Jewish life on campus through relationships with students, university faculty and administration, and by overseeing our educational, religious and interfaith initiatives. He is the creator of our J&Y series, which reflects his passion about the Jewish interpretive tradition alongside his concern for personalized experiences for each individual student.
Rabbi Hain impacts Jewish campus life throughout North America as the Campus Faculty Consultant for the Shalom Hartman Institute where he oversees the content of immersive study experiences for students and Hillel professionals. Additionally, Rabbi Hain is adjunct faculty at YCT Rabbinical School where he directs their Professional Internship Seminar, and is a graduate of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative . A yeshiva trained talmudist, Rabbi Hain has taught extensively in Israel and the U.S., including having served as faculty at the Drisha Institute, at Mechon Hadar, for Hillel International’s continuing education branch, Hillel U, and their Office of Innovation.
With his previous work as a rabbi at NYU, he has been a New York City campus rabbi for fifteen years.
“I am eager to meet and to connect with each student; no conversation topic is too mundane or too abstract- from Jewish text and tradition to daily university life. Just book a time that works for you here and stop by. Lastly, I look forward to introducing you to my family – my better half, Elana, and our sons, Azzan and Navon!”