The Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding is governed by a Board of local civic, religious and academic leaders.  Hosted and endorsed by Muhlenberg College, the IJCU seeks to facilitate dialogue and interaction between Jews and Christians with innovative programs that draw especially on the academic and community resources of the Lehigh Valley and the Mid-Atlantic region.  The IJCU benefits from the advice and support of its National Advisory Council, which consists of leading figures in the Christian and Jewish communities across the country.

Dr. Charles Brooks, Chair
Gastroenterologist, Allentown PA

Dr. Jessica Cooperman
Jewish Studies Director & Asst. Professor, Religion Studies, Muhlenberg College

Dr. Alice Eckardt
Retired, Religion Studies, Lehigh University

Ms. Gail Eisenberg
Senior Lecturer, Business & Director, Internship Program, Muhlenberg College

Dr. Kathy Harring
Interim Provost, Muhlenberg College

The Rev. Callista Isabelle
Chaplain, Muhlenberg College

Dr. Hartley Lachter
Director, The Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Lehigh University

Ms. Taffi Ney
Retired, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Mr. Michael Prokup, Esq.
Noonan & Prokup, Allentown, PA

Rabbi Melissa Simon
Jewish Chaplain & Hillel Director, Muhlenberg College

The Rev. Harold Weiss
Retired, Bishop, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA

Ms. Pamela Weiss, Vice-Chair
First Presbyterian Church, Allentown

Dr. Carol Shiner Wilson, Vice-Chair
Retired, Dean of the College for Academic Life, Muhlenberg College

Mr. Joseph Scheller
Retired, CEO, Silberline Manufacturing


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