Rabbi Yonah Schiller

Yonah Schiller’s work has been focused on investigating new and high-impact approaches to the idea of Jewish community building.

Through the creation of a “user-centric” design model, as Executive Director, Schiller oversaw the process of an organizational re-imagining and re-structuring at Tulane Hillel. Through prototyping a new operating system for community building, Schiller and the organization experienced unprecedented growth across the various institutional divisions.

In 2017, Schiller was named one of the 50 most influential, accomplished and interesting American Jews by the Forward magazine for having “revolutionized Jewish outreach using a model that is being examined and replicated across the nation.” He is the Founder of the Jewish Design Platform (JDP), an emerging national design incubator geared towards building scalable systems, models and initiatives for designing inclusive and high impact Jewish community. Schiller created and serves as Senior Project Advisor to the Organizational Design Lab, an initiative that addresses institutional stagnation by applying design thinking to deliver transformational change for Hillels on 16 university campuses across the US and Canada. Schiller also serves as Special Projects Consultant at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane. Schiller is an adjunct lecturer at Tulane in various areas; Ecumenical spirituality, Jewish Civilization and Mysticism. Schiller serves as a consultant to a number of local and national organizations and projects for leadership development, community building, strategy and organizational visioning and impact.

Schiller was awarded the 2013 Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award for the most outstanding non-tenured professor at Tulane University and the Helen A. Mervis Jewish Community Professional Award from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Schiller is also a professional abstract mixed-media artist working out of his studio in New Orleans.

Schiller is from the Boston area, a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Studio Art and Art History. Schiller received his rabbinic degree in Israel, with an emphasis on Mysticism and Law. Yonah received his MBA from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, focused on Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Yonah lives in New Orleans with his wife Allison and their three children. When time allows, he loves to play soccer, lose himself in his garden and hangout with his family.

Yonah’s work as Executive Director at Tulane Hillel has been focused on investigating new and high-impact approaches to the idea of Jewish community building. Through the creation of a “user-centric” design model, Yonah oversaw the process of an organizational re-imagining and re-structuring at Tulane. He is the Founder of the The Design Platform (JDP), an emerging national design incubator geared towards building scalable systems, models and projects for creating inclusive and high impact Jewish community. He created and now serves as the Senior Project Advisor to the Organizational Design Lab(ODL) project, an initiative of TDP, which is a design thinking program focused on organizational change and transformation for Hillels on 16 university campuses across the US and Canada. Yonah is also a visual artist, and spends time in his studio focused on abstract mixed-media abstract work.

 


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