Welcome to St. Louis Hillel
at Washington University!

Founded in 1946, St. Louis Hillel has fostered campus Jewish life for generations of students. Our mission is to be the catalyst for Jewish life among college students in St. Louis. We connect students with one another and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, Israel engagement, religious life, and social and leadership programs. Our beautiful building reopened in the Spring of 2014 after a complete renovation, providing a warm and inviting space to relax, study, hang out with friends, attend a program or celebrate Shabbat.

We hope to see you soon!

Staff Directory

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Jacqueline Ulin Levey
President & CEO

Originally from Buffalo, NY (go Bills!), Jackie moved to St. Louis to attend Washington University. During college, s interned at Hillel, co-founded a group called “Black Women/Jewish Women” and was President of Student Union, Wash U’s student government. She 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 my spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with her husband Jim, son Asher (age 6), and their two crazy rescue dogs, Barley and Baxter.



Rabbi Jordan Gerson
Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi

Rabbi Jordan Gerson, Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi, joined the Hillel at Washington University team in September of 2014.  Ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2011, Rabbi Jordan worked in congregational life for 3 years before returning to his hometown of St. Louis to work with Hillel.  Rabbi Jordan 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, Rabbi Jordan lives in Creve Coeur with his wife, Becky, and their two daughters, Daliya and Ashira.  Rabbi Jordan 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 the zoo with his kids and reading and watching movies.  




Miriam Ross-Hirsch
Director of Programming & Engagement

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. She joined the Hillel staff in 2013, and is here to help you all “do Jewish” in whatever way you find most meaningful. Whether doing Jewish 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.



Ashley Barrett
Program & Engagement Associate

Ashley is thrilled to be joining the Hillel staff in St. Louis! Originally from Wooster, Ohio, she is excited to be in a big city. Ashley graduated from Miami University in 2014 with a degree in History and Jewish Studies. When not in class, she spent most of her free time either at Hillel or with her Alpha Epsilon Phi sisters, and served both organizations with multiple terms on leadership. She just completed a year as a MASA – Israel Teaching Fellow where she lived and worked in Ramla, Israel, where she taught English and volunteered in many places around the city, connecting with a diverse background of people. Ashley discovered her love for Jewish life at a young age at URJ-OSRUI summer camp in Wisconsin. She is looking forward to becoming part of the Hillel community, and getting to know you! Stop by and say hi, she would love you to show her your favorite place for coffee in St Louis!




Missy Novotny
Administrative Assistant

Missy was born and raised right here in St. Louis.  She graduated in 2001 from the University of Missouri at 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 (6) and Grace (3).  Missy started at St. Louis Hillel in 2012, and works as the administrative assistant, which involves maintaining student and donor databases, creating newsletters and communications, assisting appeals and mailings, taking care of the building and rentals, and taking care of whatever other odds and ends that arise.  Working 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!