For the first time in 164 years, the University of San Francisco has a Rabbi in Residence on the full time University Ministry staff. Along with being a lifelong practitioner of the Jewish faith, Rabbi Camille Angel brings her experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and hopes to bridge the gap between being LGBTQ+ and part of a religious community.
USF hired a Rabbi in Residence because of its commitment to support all aspects of the student body. As a Rabbi in Residence, Angel is able to meet with students and staff to talk about pastoral moments in their lives and can be consulted for any faith-based issue that members of the community may experience. She is also the faculty advisor for a new organization called Q Community, as well as for the Jewish Student Organization.
“Too many of my students have decided that organized religion or institutional religion equals prejudice and discrimination, colonization, and every other thing that they want to have nothing to do with, and not enough of my students have experienced the gifts of being part of a community, of being part of a set of values and history that fight for social justice,” said Angel.