Muhlenberg College Hillel

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Staff


Rabbi Melissa B. Simon

Rabbi Melissa B. Simon

Rabbi Melissa B. Simon is the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at Muhlenberg College. Prior to joining the Muhlenberg Hillel team in July 2014, she was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Shir Tikvah, a Reform synagogue in Minneapolis, MN. Rabbi Simon received Master's Degrees in Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. While a student at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Simon was named a Mandel Fellow, studying visionary leadership and Jewish education. Rabbi Simon served as the Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinic Intern and Director of Children's Education at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York and the Rabbinic Intern at Dension University in Ohio. She is passionate about Jewish education, social justice, inclusive Jewish communities and empowering young people.

 

 

 

Jaimie

 

 

 

Jaimie Krass

Jaimie is a recent graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville. At Florida she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned a degree in both Political Science and Jewish Studies. Jaimie spent a semester studying at the University of Haifa in Israel. During her time in Israel she was a teacher for Ethiopian women and children in the Haifa area. She is a native of Chicago but has lived in Florida and Virginia, which explains her occasional slip into a Southern “twang.” Jaimie spends her free time hiking and enjoys studying languages. Her passion for all things Jewish permeates every aspect of her life, from her favorite books to read to her favorite foods to eat. Jaimie has also done significant work around advocacy for human rights. She is looking forward to playing an active role in Hillel’s continuing success and fostering the students’ spiritual, professional, academic, and social development!"

 
April Cunningham

April Cunningham

April Cunningham is the Office Manager for Hillel. She was born and raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania but now lives in the Reading area with her husband Joshua, son Benjamin and daughter Brenna. She graduated from Alvernia University in 2004 with a degree in Psychology and began her work in higher education doing research and eventually ended up working in Student Life. Her husband is a food scientist and works in the gourmet dessert business at Sweet Street Desserts in Reading.

The number one thing in April’s life is her family. In addition to her husband and two children, she also has two dogs; Fenway, a Boston terrier and Savannah, a Boxer. April loves to travel anywhere she can. Her favorite getaway is Key West because of its tropical beaches, delicious food, and unique places to visit. April also loves to garden, cook and likes anything spicy.

 
Matan Ayash

Matan Ayash

Matan Ayash `15 is studying Political Science and Anthropology. He was originally born in Jerusalem, Israel but has been living in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania since he was 5 years old. Israel has always been and always will be a big part of his Jewish identity.

Since coming to Muhlenberg, he became a proud member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. During the second semester of his junior year, Matan studied abroad in Rwanda and it was a life-changing experience. Feel free to ask him about it any time! In his spare time he enjoys tossing around a Frisbee, thrift shopping, and Super Smash Brothers.

Matan is very excited to be the Religious Life Presidential Assistant this year, having been involved in Hillel since his freshman year. Hillel has always been a place that has made him feel at home at Muhlenberg, and he really hopes he can help make it a home for you too!

 

 

 
Cheryl

Cheryl Garcia

Cheryl Garcia is a member of the housekeeping staff at Muhlenberg and is the daytime housekeeper for the Hillel House. Cheryl joined Muhlenberg College in 2002 and enjoys working here. She says: "I like to clean" and "I really am happy in my job here at Muhlenberg."

She was born and raised in Allentown where she still lives with her husband and children. Cheryl’s husband is also a housekeeper at Muhlenberg, working in the library. Their son Luis is member of the Class of 2015 at the College and a student leader in Multicultural Life.

Cheryl loves to go camping and travel as much as possible. She has traveled to Florida and Puerto Rico to visit family. She describes her dream vacation as a Hawaiian getaway – somewhere she has never been but would love to go.

 
Lisa

Lisa

Lisa is a member of the Housekeeping staff at Muhlenberg and is the overnight housekeeper for the Hillel House. Lisa joined Muhlenberg in September of 2010 and loves working here. She says, “It’s a completely awesome job. Everyone here is super nice and I encounter zero stress. I don’t know what more I could ask for.” Lisa lives in Allentown with her two daughters Lashea, age 9 and Laurel, age 7 and their four year old pit-bull, Onyx. She loves spending time with her kids, enjoying all that the city has to offer, from watching the sunset on the rooftops to walking and relaxing in the city’s parks. She dreams of going to Guatemala to study the land and help people in need there.