Rabbi Jennie Rosenn

Vice President, Community Engagement


Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Vice President for Community Engagement, is mobilizing the Jewish community to advance HIAS’ work with refugees in the United States and around the world.

Prior to coming to HIAS, Jennie played a catalytic role in building the Jewish social justice movement and the field of Jewish service as the director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She developed innovative initiatives such as the Selah Leadership Training Program and the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Under Jennie’s leadership, the Jewish Life and Values Program also worked to amplify a progressive religious voice in America, advance American engagement in the Middle East peace process, and cultivate the environmental movement and women as agents of change in Israel.

Before working at the Cummings Foundation, Jennie served as a campus rabbi at Columbia University and Barnard College Hillel. She has been a teacher for dozens of communities and organizations, including as the scholar-in-residence for American Jewish World Service’s 2013 Rabbinic Delegation to El Salvador. She also serves on the faculty of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. A founding board member of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and Repair the World, Jennie also served on the boards of the Jewish Funders Network and New York Jobs with Justice. She has twice been named one of the Forward’s 50 Jews in America.

Jennie was ordained by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She lives in New York City with her husband, Rabbi David Rosenn, and their two sons.