MN Hillel, Herzl Camp Announce Shared Hire

Herzl Camp and Minnesota Hillel are excited to welcome Justin “JP” Held in a shared role as our new Director of Jewish Education for both organizations.

Justin is currently finishing his rabbinic degree and Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. He returns now to his Minnesota roots and to two organizations he loves. Justin has served on staff for both Herzl and Hillel in recent years. He worked on Herzl summer staff from 2009 to 2013, and as Hillel’s Engagement Associate from 2013 to 2015.

Both Herzl and Hillel value the impact of a skilled, experiential educator on staff. Our “off-seasons” and budget constraints are hurdles to bringing on talented educators for the long term. Hillel and Herzl leadership put their heads together to overcome these obstacles. Our partnership allows us to share the expense and realize the benefits for our community.

Justin will begin at Herzl Camp this summer. In the fall, Justin will work part-time for both Hillel and Herzl Camp. Upon graduation and ordination as a Rabbi, Justin will join us full-time, year-round. Justin will engage our community’s youth and young adults and help create an even more vibrant Jewish community.

Please join us in welcoming Justin home!