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Meet Our Staff

Our staff family is here to support students on any step of their Jewish journeys. Find out more about each of us, our contact info, some of the ways we can specifically help, as well as our pronouns below.

  • Jacqueline Ulin Levey

    Executive Director & CEO
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    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 WashU, and after a fellowship and political campaign work in Washington, DC, she returned to WashU 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 8), her daughter Maddie (born May 2016), and their rescue dog, Barley.

  • Rabbi Jordan Gerson
    Rabbi Jordan Gerson

    Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi
    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Rabbi Jordan Gerson, known by his students as RJ, is currently working in his dream job as WashU Hillel's Campus Rabbi. After growing up here in St. Louis, RJ earned his BA from Binghamton University in Jewish Studies with a focus in Jewish History. In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles where he attended The Ziegler School of Rabbinic studies. Ordained in 2011, Rabbi Jordan simultaneously earned his MA in Rabbinic Literature from the American Jewish University. Today, RJ loves being back in St. Louis with his wife, Becky, and their three daughters, Daliya, Ashira, and Nessa, and their new son, Ishai. RJ loves introducing students to the rich compendium of knowledge that Judaism has to offer in new and innovative ways and through a modern lens. He believes torah can be found wherever we look, it is simply a matter of uncovering it. When he’s not in the office, Rabbi Jordan loves spending time with his family, cooking healthful and creative dishes, reading, and watching movies.

  • Tony J. Westbrook, Jr.
    Tony J. Westbrook, Jr.

    Assistant Director
    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Tony J. Westbrook, Jr. is a Jewish African-American, activist, and community leader originally from St. Louis. When he's not working to build community on campus, he's working to address issues of racial inequality, discrimination, diversity, and inclusion throughout the St. Louis community. He received his B.A. in Communication from Fontbonne University. He made aliyah to Israel in 2016, and studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies from 2016-2019, earning Certificates in Jewish Studies and in Jewish Experiential Education. His personal and professional mission in life is to help Jews of all ages and affiliations to make new, meaningful, and sustainable connections to their Judaism. When he’s not working, you can find him singing or in the kitchen making delicious kosher treats or on TikTok making fun videos.

  • Missy Novotny
    Missy Novotny

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    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 since 2007, they have two gorgeous, smart, sassy daughters, Ellie (2009) and Grace (2012). They also have 2 rescue cats, 1 rescue dog, an aquarium, 2 mice (yes, mice), and 15 chickens (yes, chickens!) At Hillel, Missy handles all things building related, creates the newsletter and maintains the website, and handles logistics for programs and events. In her free time she loves reading, hiking, and adventuring with her family.

  • Avery Lyla Friedman
    Avery Lyla Friedman

    Program & Engagement Associate
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Avery Lyla Friedman is a proud Marylander who graduated from Christopher Newport University in Virginia in 2015 with a degree in psychology and a minor in business administration. While there she was heavily involved at her local JCC, where she organized kids’ programs and taught both Hebrew school and preschool. After finishing school she spent a year in Netanya teaching English with Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. She fell hopelessly in love with Israel, made aliyah and spent the next several years working at a high-tech start-up in Tel Aviv and earning a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She returned to the states to work with Jewish young adults, and is excited to bring her love of Israel and passion for informal and experiential Jewish education to WashU! In her free time, Avery loves browsing used bookstores, hiking, and trying out new gluten-free recipes.

  • Allison Frieze
    Allison Frieze

    IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Born and raised in St. Louis, Allison Frieze is excited to be in her hometown with the WashU Hillel team. Before her time at WashU, she received her Master’s degree from Missouri State University in Global Studies with a focus in National Security. During her time in school, Allison studied abroad in Spain as well as participated in a Birthright Israel trip. Her passion for both travel and Israel has led her to her new position as an IACT Coordinator for WashU Hillel. She is excited to share her love for Israel with the students at WashU and help them experience everything this amazing country has to offer! Some of her favorite memories from her time in Israel were seeing the sunrise on the back of a camel, visiting the Western Wall, hiking Mount Arbel, and floating in the Dead Sea. When Allison isn’t traveling to Israel, she is either watching her favorite hockey team (Go Blues), eating an enormous amount of French fries, hiking with her dog Rory, or now wedding planning!