Jewish Studies
7031 Freret Street
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118-5698

Phone: 504-865-5349
Fax: 504-865-5348


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Yonah Schiller |

Adjunct Lecturer


Yonah serves as an adjunct lecturer for courses on Jewish Mysticism and Introduction to Jewish Civilization. Yonah also serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Social Innovation Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) program at Tulane. He also teaches a seminar on Ecumenical Spirituality.  He 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. Yonah also serves as Executive Director of Tulane Hillel. His work at Tulane Hillel has been focused on investigating new and high-impact approaches to the idea of Jewish community building. Through the creation and implementation of a “user-centric” design model, Yonah and his team experienced tremendous growth across the organization. Yonah’s experience and interest in business, visual arts and Jewish education is an effective and transformative combination for overseeing Tulane Hillel’s institutional overhaul. In addition to his role at Tulane Hillel, Yonah serves as a consultant to a number of Jewish organizations regarding leadership development, strategy and organizational visioning. He also works with various national foundations on innovative community-building projects. Yonah is from the Boston area and attended Brown University, receiving his bachelor's degree in studio art and art history. He went on to achieve a rabbinic degree in Israel, with an emphasis on Mysticism and Law. Yonah continued his studies, earning an MBA from the Freeman School at Tulane University, with a concentration on Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Yonah lives in New Orleans with his wife Allison and their three children. When time allows, Yonah works in his art studio in New Orleans, plays soccer and uses any excuse to get outdoors.

Tulane University Jewish Studies Dept., 7031 Freret St. New Orleans, LA 70118 (504)-865-5000