Rabbi Maor Greene named as interim associate chaplain for Jewish Life

Greene will serve on the staff of the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and work with the Elon Hillel community

Rabbi Maor Greene, a North Carolina native and experienced spiritual leader, has joined Elon University as the interim associate chaplain for Jewish Life.

Greene will officially join the team at the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life on August 1 and brings rich experience as an educator, spiritual director, yoga teacher, organizer, musician and avid outdoor enthusiast.

“I am very excited about working with Elon students, and about the culture at Elon, where there is a long tradition of supporting students wherever and however students want to explore.” explained Greene, “My main goal as campus rabbi is to be a resource, and to support students on their emotional and spiritual journeys. I want to create opportunities to connect over Jewish ritual, and have fun doing it!”

Greene received their ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where they are also a doctoral candidate in Hebrew Bible. They have previously served as the first Ritual and Music Rabbinic Intern at Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action and as senior Rabbinic intern at Park Slope Jewish Center.

“We are thrilled that Rabbi Maor is joining our team and look forward to the spiritual depth and creativity they will bring to our campus community,” said Kirstin Boswell, university chaplain and dean of Multifaith Engagement.

Greene looks forward to working with students, faculty and staff, Jewish and not, and creating opportunities for Tikkun Olam (“repair the world”) activities and service projects, community engagement, multifaith initiatives, and sharing Jewish values with the campus community.

“I am so excited about the opportunity for Rabbi Maor to partner with our Jewish Educator Boaz Avraham-Katz and I can’t wait to see how, together, we open the door to new and enriching Jewish experiences for our students, faculty and staff,” said Betsy Polk, director of Jewish Life at Elon.

Greene’s family has lived in Virginia and North Carolina for nine generations, and Greene has deep connections to the region. Greene even has childhood memories of driving through Elon, and the way the campus looked to them as a child. They are particularly excited to be working at Elon and finding creative ways to celebrate their Jewish and Southern identities while serving the campus community.