CJL announces Rabbi Gil Steinlauf '91 to become new Exec. Dir. | Center for Jewish Life

CJL announces Rabbi Gil Steinlauf '91 to become new Exec. Dir.

CJL announces Rabbi Gil Steinlauf '91 to become new Exec. Dir.

Marc Mehl '87  CJL Board Chair announced new executive director in this letter to the community on May 24, 2022. 

I am delighted to share with you that Rabbi Gil Steinlauf '91, will be joining the Center for Jewish Life as our new Executive Director this summer. Rabbi Gil is a Princeton alumnus who has dedicated his life to teaching, inspiring leaders, and creating a vibrant Jewish community.

He currently serves as rabbi of Congregation Kol Shalom in Rockville, MD. Before that, Rabbi Gil led Adas Israel in Washington DC, which he helped reimagine as one of America's most thriving urban congregations. He founded the Jewish Teen Leadership Institute to bring teens into dialogue with world leaders and reflect on the encounters through Torah study.

Driven by his own lifelong personal journey, Rabbi Gil also created the Hineni Fellowship for LGBTQ Jewish Leadership to nurture new LGBTQ leaders in the Jewish world.

When Rabbi Julie Roth told me this winter that she was leaving to become a congregational rabbi, I formed a search committee of students, alumni, parents, and faculty. Working closely with Hillel International, we screened dozens of candidates and invited Rabbi Gil to campus to meet members of our community and University partners.

The feedback was enthusiastically positive. 

Upon meeting Rabbi Gil, the search committee was immediately struck by his love of Princeton and the Princeton Jewish community, which had shaped his life's path. We saw his scholarly passion for teaching and his commitment to fostering dynamic new leaders within the Jewish community and the world. It was clear he was the perfect choice to lead CJL.

As he told us: 

I cannot overstate how pivotal and inspiring my Princeton experience was to my rabbinate, including the mentorship of former Hillel Director Rabbi Eddie Feld. Returning to CJL is the culmination of a lifelong journey. It provides me the chance to use my skills as an institutional leader, as a teacher of Torah and spiritual wisdom, and as a pastor who derives profound meaning from sitting one-on-one with young people at the moment in life when they are asking the big questions. This feels like a homecoming long in the making.

Rabbi Gil will be leading an organization that is already thriving after 17 years under the leadership of our incredible Rabbi Julie. She helped make Princeton one of the country's best campuses for Jewish students and created more opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning, Shabbat and holiday celebrations, and connections to Israel. 

As CJL begins a new era of executive leadership, we are confident that Rabbi Gil has the skills, experience, and passion to lead the CJL at this exciting and pivotal moment. Please join me in congratulating him as he prepares to return to “Old Nassau” later this summer.