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 student leaders on programming initiatives and with the JTS Counseling Center on special health and wellness activities.

Student participation in planning activities is encouraged by the Office of Student Life. Students have the opportunity to get involved in our student organizations and participate in our Jewish life events, Israel programs and 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 or (212) 678-8839, or visit us in Unterberg 209.

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

The Va'ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach (the Va'ad) promotes 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 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.