She brings a fresh perspective to campus
For the first time in its 164-year history, the University of San Francisco has appointed a rabbi in residence. She can’t wait to get started.
“I’m in a unique position to help foster more understanding between peoples who have historically greatly misunderstood one another,” Rabbi Camille Shira Angel said. “In an era when more and more people identify as having no religion, I have the opportunity to introduce an alternative reality as to what religion can look like and include.”
Angel, a ninth-generation rabbi who has taught at USF since 2017, began this week as the university’s Rabbi in Residence, a new position that is shared by University Ministry and the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice.
“Rabbi Angel’s joint appointment really models the spirit of inclusion, wholeness, and religious diversity that is at the heart of our work,” said Julie Dowd, director of University Ministry. “Camille herself embodies the university’s values of hospitality, justice, and finding God in all things.”
Healing the World
Having Angel on staff elevates the work of University Ministry, Dowd said. “For example, the Jewish practice of tikkun olam, healing the world, is a beautiful addition to the phrases we use to describe and promote the Jesuit mission of USF.”
Before teaching at USF, Angel served as spiritual leader of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City from 1995 to 2000, and of the LGBTQ Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco from 2000 to 2015. While there, she also edited and contributed to an inclusive prayer book, Siddur Sha’ar Zahav, published in 2009.
Angel also has written and published many articles about Judaism, feminism, and gender studies.