Office of Student Life

The role of the Office of Student Life is to enhance and enrich the personal, social, educational, and religious growth of JTS students. By promoting a student-centered environment that is safe and welcoming and encourages student involvement and leadership, the office fosters a dynamic sense of community, and contributes to student development and learning outside of the classroom.

The Student Life staff coordinates a wide variety of cocurricular and extracurricular activities with an emphasis on creating community at JTS. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to drop by any time for information about activities and life in New York City. The Billie Rosenthal Rubinoff Center for Student Life in Unterberg (second floor) is a great place to meet with other students, enjoy a snack, or study.

The Office of Student Life oversees the work of the Va'ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach and the Jewish Life directors in the residence halls, who organize Jewish cultural and religious programming and serve as a resource for residents. In addition, Student Life works closely with JTS's student organizations on programming initiatives, as well as with the JTS Counseling Center on special health and wellness activities.

Student participation in planning activities is welcomed by the Office of Student Life. Students may develop their leadership skills by becoming involved in our individual schools' student organizations or becoming active in Keshet–JTS or Isha El Akhota: The JTS Women's Center. Students also have the opportunity to plan Israel programs and participate in our arts and culture activities.

For further information, to get involved in student activities, or to suggest an idea, feel free to contact the Office of Student Life at studentlife@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8839, or visit us in Unterberg 209.

Va'ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach
studentlife@jtsa.edu, (212) 678-8915

The Va'ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach (the Va'ad) seeks to promote community service at JTS through its hands-on volunteer opportunities, educational programs, and annual Tzedakah Campaign. Every day, the Va'ad provides a variety of opportunities for JTS community members to go out into the local New York City community and volunteer to help. The Va'ad's diverse educational programming offers greater insight into some of the broader issues surrounding these community-service initiatives. In addition, funds are raised throughout the year for our annual Tzedakah Campaign, and are donated to organizations in need in the United States, Israel, and internationally. We invite you to explore the various programming that the Va'ad offers at JTS, and find out how you can start making a difference today.