Jake Rubin, Executive Director
Originally from Richmond, Jake holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University. In 2009, he received his Rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), from which he also graduated with a Master's of Arts in Hebrew Letters. While a student at RRC, Jake served as the Jewish Student Advisor at Swarthmore College, an affiliate of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia. He also worked as a chaplain for Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and as an educator and student Rabbi for a number of congregations during his time at RRC. Prior to rabbinical school, Jake was a fellow for PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values. Jake has joined our community along with his wife Lindsay and their children Sophie, Jonah, and Caleb.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
Marissa Neuman Jachman, Director of Development
Marissa Neuman Jachman is the Director of Development for Hillel at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, and is based out of the Schusterman International Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Marissa served as Senior Associate on the Principal and Major Gifts team at the American Red Cross. Prior to that, as Manager of Annual Giving at the Jewish Social Service Agency, she grew online giving and expanded the direct mail campaign. Having previously worked at the University of Maryland Hillel (Go Terps!) as the Morningstar Coordinator for Social Justice Initiatives and leading many Alternative Break trips, she is happy to be part of the Hillel family again. Marissa has a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!) and a minor in Leadership. Living in Washington, DC with her husband Jesse, she enjoys traveling and visiting family in Baltimore, Maryland.
Marissa can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna Ferman, Director of Jewish Engagement
Jenna Ferman is thrilled to be serving as the new Director of Jewish Engagement at the Brody Jewish Center. A native of the Philadelphia area, Jenna graduated from the Joint Program at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2016 with degrees in English Literature and Bible. After graduation she worked as a middle school English teacher in Petach Tikvah, Israel through the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program. During her years in Manhattan, she interned for a healthy school lunch program, ran a high school mentoring program, served on the KOACH board at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and taught Hebrew school. In her free time, Jenna enjoys running, practicing yoga, Israeli dancing, eating food from cultures around the globe and traveling. She adores all things chocolate and all canines.
Mor Cohen, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow
Mor is the new Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at Hillel at UVa, and was born and raised in Ramat Gan. She served her country in the Israel Defense Forces for 2 years as a commander in the intelligence corps. She has 5 brothers and sisters.
Mor graduated from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a degree in International Relations, communication, and journalism. While there, she was very active in the Student Union (parallel to student Government), interned at the Knesset, conducted a research on an international journalist in Israel that was delivered to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and more.
While earning her degree Mor worked at the International affairs department at the Hebrew University and in marketing for a new Israeli start-up. For the past year Mor also worked for "Latet" which is an Israeli NGO that focuses on reducing poverty for a better and more just society by providing assistance to needy populations in Israel.
Mor loves doing all kind of sports including yoga, running, and hiking. She loves to cook all Israeli dishes, listening to music, reading, and learning new things. Mor is very excited to meet y'all and bring her Israeli experience to UVa.
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