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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 and Jonah. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Kansky, Director of Jewish Engagement
Although originally from New Jersey, Melissa has enjoyed living up and down the east coast throughout the past few years. After spending four years in North Carolina (attending Elon University) and one year in Florida (where she started working for Hillel), Melissa is thrilled to call Charlottesville home and begin her second year with the Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at the University of Virginia. Having spent the past six years below the Mason-Dixon line, Melissa has developed a love of country music. However, she remains a proud Jersey girl, who more closely affiliates with Bruce Springsteen than the cast of Jersey Shore. Her favorite things include macaroni and cheese, coffee, ice cream and laughing. She also loves to read, hike and travel.
Melissa can be reached at email@example.com.
Rachael Silver, Israel Engagement Associate
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachael comes to the Brody Jewish Center with a passion for Israel education and an excitement to call Charlottesville her new home. Rachael graduated from Miami University (in Ohio) where she obtained a B.A. in International Studies with a Minor in Arabic. During her time at Miami, Rachael took a semester abroad in Haifa, studying at the University and working at the Haifa Women’s Crisis Shelter—where she was able to further develop her Hebrew and Arabic Language skills. Her favorite Israeli food is a tie between Bourekas and Cariot. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys all things art related and enjoys to craft—you may find her crocheting or woodburning. Rachael also loves nature, hiking, and cats.
Rachael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Rann, Development & Operations Associate
After spending the last 10 years all over the place (NYC, Chicago, Scotland, England, and Massachusetts, to be specific) Claire is excited to experience Jewish life in Charlottesville. For the past three years, Claire has served as a Special Education and ESL teacher at community high schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Prior to moving to NYC, Claire managed development and operations with the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, a non-profit serving Iraqi refugees in the Chicago area. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in English and History and spent her junior year abroad at the University of Oxford in England. Claire earned her M.A. in Middle Eastern History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and her M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at City College. In her free time, she loves cooking, reading, and creative writing. She is looking forward to meeting UVa students and trading stories, book recommendations, and family recipes. Claire can be reached at email@example.com.