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Hillel International listed Lehigh University as one of the top 60 private colleges and universities in terms of Jewish population, as well as one of the top 60 schools chosen by Jewish graduating High School seniors in 2018.
Dear Lehigh Jewish students and all members of our extended community, I know this has been a difficult time for all of us. Shock, anger, sadness, and frustration are only some of the emotions we've all felt during this past week. One week ago we all said good-bye for Spring Break. Little did we know that this would be good-bye until August. For students in the Class of 2020 that may have been an even more final farewell. This is unfair! Plain and simple. And yet it is the reality that we are facing. In these difficult times it is important to express your feelings and thoughts to your family members and friends. Please also know that all of us in the Office of Jewish Student Life are here for you as well. We care about you. We support you. Most of all, we miss you! It still hasn't totally sunk in for us, and I imagine for many of you. It still feels like we're on Spring Break and, come Monday, students will start to trickle in. Next Shabbat was going to be "Breakfast for Dinner Shabbat" prepared by students and Rabbi Steve. Until a few days ago we were putting together the menu and the shopping list. So, the challah French toast, shakshouka and more will have to wait. The same is true for the rest of our activities and our communal Passover celebration. But we know we'll be back together in the fall to celebrate as a community. Please know that you are in our thoughts every day. After all, we work here because we love working with students. It's not the same without you! For those of you who may still be on campus or in local off-campus housing, our building will be closed effective immediately and until further notice. However, we are here for each and every member of the Lehigh University community. Please be in touch with any of us if you need anything. Please watch Instagram and Facebook for future messages, pics, and videos. In addition, we are excited to announce that we will soon be launching a new blog called "Lehigh Hillel: Healing & Health." This will be a digital forum for students to support and communicate with each other and with our staff. It will also be a way to create an online Jewish community to keep us connected no matter where we are. We will announce more details on Facebook, Instagram and in our e-mail newsletter, so if you're not following us already we're @lehighhillel on social media platforms. If you're receiving this letter, then you receive our newsletter. In closing, please stay healthy and stay safe. We hope the remainder of your semester goes well and that you have a spectacular summer! We look forward to seeing you in the fall. And for those who are graduating, please stay in touch with us and let us know what you're up to! Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Steve Nathan Chloe Goldstein Jane Hontz Director of Jewish Student Life Engagement and Office Coordinator and Associate Chaplain Program Associate (610) 758-4896 (610) 758-4875 (610) 759-4893 cell: (215) 514-3463 (PLEASE feel free to call or text if you need to talk!) P.S. To our parents, alumni, friends and supporters. Thanks for your support in everything you do. We couldn't do it without you! We're here for you as well if you need to talk!

Rabbi Steve Nathan

Endowed Director of Jewish Student Life and Associate Chaplain
(610) 758-4875
(pronouns: he/him/his)

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 or call at 610-758-4875.


Chloe Goldstein

Chloe Goldstein

Engagement & Program Associate

Hi, all! My name is Chloe Goldstein and I will be the first-ever engagement and programming associate for the Lehigh University Office of Jewish Student Life and Lehigh Hillel! I am super-excited to kick off the fall semester and I look forward to grabbing coffee and chatting with students about their interests, as well as connecting them to our student board, programming, and holiday fun!

this is going to be an exciting year for Jewish life

I graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in psychology and health studies. This past year, I was the programs/engagement associate at the Muhlenberg College Hillel. Now, I will be attending Lehigh University for a master's in political science with a community fellowship. In addition to working with Jewish life on campus, l'll also be working for the Chamber of Commerce as a business relationship manager. I currently live in downtown Allentown and love writing, listening to podcasts, and exploring the scenic Lehigh Valley.

I know this is going to be an exciting year for Jewish life on campus and for Hillel! Thank you for your support! We need everyone's assistance to grow and sustain a vibrant Jewish life at Lehigh!

Jane Hontz

Office Coordinator

Hello.  My name is Jane Hontz and I am the full-time Office Coordinator for the Office of Jewish Student Life. I started my career with Lehigh University in July 2014 working in the Development Office.  Since August 2018, I have been with the Jewish Student Center as Office Coordinator.

My family which includes my husband Joseph, our son Justin and the family dog Stella reside in the Lehigh Valley!  I enjoy going for walks, working in the yard, and reading.

I can be reached at or (610) 758-4896.