Rabbi Steve Nathan
Endowed Director of Jewish Student Life and Associate Chaplain
Rabbi Steve Nathan's rabbinic career started right here at Lehigh more than 25 years ago when he served as a student rabbi and Hillel Director at Lehigh from 1990-1992. He remained in the Lehigh Valley for two more years serving as student rabbi at Reconstructionist Congregation Am Haskalah in Allentown until he was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA in 1994.
Since that time, Steve has served as a rabbi, educator and youth group leader at Reconstructionist, Reform and Conservative congregations. He has also worked in the Jewish Federation world and served as director for religious schools and community religious high schools. However, through his years as a Jewish professional, Steve came to realize that his true passion could be found working with college students. Through serving as Campus Rabbi and Interim LGBTQ advisor at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, as well as Jewish Chaplain at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, he discovered the place where he started his rabbinic career when still a student in 1992 was really where he wanted to be.
Steve is a native of Scranton, PA, and received his BA in Human Development from Boston College and his MA, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University-Teacher's College prior to working as a psychotherapist with children and teens. He then realized that he wanted to combine his love of working with people with his love for Judaism, which led him to enter rabbinical school in 1988.
Rabbi Nathan spent his adult years studying and working in the Philadelphia area and then in the DC-Baltimore area, St. Louis, Western Massachusetts and upstate NY before moving back to Scranton in 2011 in order to care for his elderly mother. He has served these years as the part time rabbi of the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms (in the Pocono Mountains) and also worked as a therapist with children, teens and their families.
Steve is the proud father of Shira, living in Israel, Eitana, a sophomore in college, and Noah, who just graduated High School and is spending a gap year studying in Israel. If you would like to meet with him or have any questions you can stop by the Jewish Student Center, email him at email@example.com or call at 610-758-4875.