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 helps shape 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 by serving as faculty for the Shalom Hartman Institute where he develops and teaches the Jewish educational content of immersive study experiences for students and Hillel professionals. Additionally, Rabbi Hain is adjunct faculty at YCT Rabbinical School, teaching and training future rabbis. He has taught extensively in Israel and the U.S., and has begun coursework towards a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics.

Yonah began at Columbia/Barnard Hillel in 2007, and coupled with his previous work at NYU’s Bronfman Center, he has been a New York City campus rabbi for over 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!”