Meet Our Staff

  • Jacqueline Ulin Levey
    Jacqueline Ulin Levey

    Executive Director & CEO

    Originally from Buffalo, NY (go Bills!), Jackie moved to St. Louis to attend Washington University. During college, she interned at Hillel, co-founded a group called “Black Women/Jewish Women” and was President of Student Union, WashU’s student government. Jackie loved St. Louis and Wash U, and after a fellowship and political campaign work in Washington, DC, she returned to Wash U for law school. After 8 years practicing law in St. Louis, it was time to return to the campus that she loves and help foster one of the most vibrant campus Jewish communities in the country. She still can’t believe she’s been given this opportunity to work with such amazing students each day, helping to cultivate the next generation of Jewish leaders during one of the most important times in our history. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with her husband Jim, son Asher (age 7), her daughter Maddie (born May 2016), and their two crazy rescue dogs, Barley and Baxter.

  • Rabbi Jordan Gerson
    Rabbi Jordan Gerson

    Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi

    Rabbi Jordan Gerson was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2011. RJ, as students call him, worked in congregational life for 3 years before returning to his hometown of St. Louis to work with Hillel. He earned his BA from Binghamton University in Jewish Studies with a focus in Jewish History and holds a MA in Rabbinic Literature from the American Jewish University. Today, RJ is happy to be back in St. Louis with his wife, Becky, and their two daughters, Daliya and Ashira. RJ loves introducing students to the rich compendium of knowledge that Judaism has to offer in new and innovative ways and with a modern lens. When he’s not in the office, Rabbi Jordan loves going to the zoo with his kids and reading and watching movies.

  • Miriam Ross-Hirsch
    Miriam Ross-Hirsch

    Assistant Director

    After growing up in a small town in southern New York and going to school in Boston, Miriam has been enjoying St. Louis and the Midwest. She studied sociology and studio art at Tufts University where she was also very involved with Hillel. Miriam is here to help students “do Jewish” in whatever way you find most meaningful. Whether that means religious services, Jewish learning, community service, purely social events, or just hanging out with other Jews at the Hillel house, she’s here to help you figure out how to make your Jewish college experience as awesome as possible! She’d love to get to know each and every student, so feel free to get in touch (she’ll buy you coffee, seriously!) or say hi when you see her around campus. When she’s not at Hillel, you can find her with an SLR camera in one hand, a recipe for gluten-free goodies in the other, an art museum ticket stub in her pocket, and a book in her purse.

  • Missy Novotny
    Missy Novotny

    Administrative Assistant

    Missy was born and raised in St. Louis. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English. Completely unrelated to the degree, she spent many years in the Printing Industry as a Quality, Safety and Environmental Manager before leaving her full-time career behind in favor of more time with her family. Married to Lee, who works at Union Pacific Railroad, since 2007, they have two gorgeous, smart, sassy daughters, Ellie (7) and Grace (4). Missy is the administrative assistant, which involves maintaining student and donor databases, creating newsletters and communications, assisting appeals and mailings, and taking care of building rentals and whatever other odds and ends that arise. Connecting with such eager, intelligent, friendly and involved students provides an awesome working environment! Ellie and Grace love Hillel, too. Don’t be surprised if you come to Hillel and find them sprawled on the couch. They’re shy, but they’ll be happy to color you a picture!

Stay tuned for more info about our two new staff members joining us in July 2017!

Leah Staffin: Program & Engagement Associate - EZRA Fellow
Margaret Butler: Springboard Fellow - Social Justice Specialist