Rabbi Yonah Hain
Title: Campus Rabbi
Phone: (212) 854-1519
Yonah Hain helps shape the vision for Jewish life on campus: he develops personal relationships with students, liaises with university faculty and administration, teaches regularly and supervises the Kraft Center clergy. He is our Campus Rabbi and serves as a member of the Office of the Columbia University Chaplain. Yonah is the founder of our Judaism & You series, which combines his love for the Jewish interpretive tradition with his concern for the personal growth of each individual student.
A classically trained talmudist, Rabbi Hain has served as faculty at the Drisha Institute and Mechon Hadar. He is the first Hillel rabbi to join the ranks of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. Having mentored our Clergy Interns from GPATS, HUC, JTS, RIETS, YCT and Yeshivat Maharat, Yonah now directs Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s Campus Internship Seminar, training rabbinical students for service on college campuses. With his previous work as a rabbi at NYU, he has been a New York City campus rabbi for ten years.
“I welcome all students to be in touch with me; no conversation topic is too mundane or too abstract- from Jewish text and tradition to daily university life. Just book an appointment on my schedule and stop by my office. Lastly, I look forward to introducing you to my family – my better half, Elana, and our sons, Azzan and Navon!”