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.
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Melissa Kansky, Director of Jewish Engagement
Melissa has lived throughout the East Coast, but is thrilled to now call Charlottesville home and begin her third year with the Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at the University of Virginia. In 2013, Melissa graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Print/Online Journalism and International Studies. Shortly after, she began working for Hillel as the Engagement Associate at the University of Florida. She is happy to still wear blue and orange with pride! In addition to working for Hillel, Melissa volunteers as a docent at the Fralin Museum of Art. She also had the privilege of staffing the Marilyn and Sigi Ziering Brandeis Collegiate Institute this past summer. Although she has spent the past seven years living below the Mason-Dixon line, Melissa maintains a strong affinity for her New Jersey roots and will defend the state wholeheartedly. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys hiking in Shenandoah National Park, running, cooking for her friends and reading fiction. Her favorite things include the beach, macaroni and cheese, ice cream, coffee, road trips, and used bookstores.
Melissa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marissa Neuman Jachman, Director of Development
Marissa Neuman Jachman is the new Director of Development for Hillel at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, and will be 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 email@example.com
Guy Cohen, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow
Guy Cohen (nicknamed Guyco) was born in Tel Aviv, but lived his entire life in Holon. He has two younger brothers and two loving parents. Guy was an officer in the army for 5.5 years; his position included working with startups, innovation methods, knowledge sharing methods and working with a lot of people! He is probably one of the only Israelis who is totally into country music. A typical "Guyco day" would probably include meeting with friends, going to an "Escape Room" (in which he has a masters degree), and basically having fun and enjoying life. Guy is a cook, scuba diver, graphic designer, singer (not a good one, but a fair one), actor and so much more-- just come meet him! Guy has participated in Birthright as an officer in June 2016 and is excited to lead the Hillel at UVa Birthright trip this year.
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He is really excited to begin this year with the staff of the Brody Jewish Center and all the students of UVA!
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