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Who we are

Who we are


chana2.pngChana R. Novack

Chana oversees the day-to-day program at Chabad. She has staffed over a dozen Birthright Israel trips and is the instructor for the Sinai Scholars course. Chana is often the first point of contact when a young person encounters one of life’s rougher patches.

hershe.pngRabbi Hershey Novack

Rabbi Hershey co-directs the Chabad center, where he also serves as senior campus rabbi. He was recently named by The Forward as “one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.” He serves on the board of the JF&CS and as trustee of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

andrea.pngKelly Harris

Kelly, a Philadelphia native, attended Temple University. She directs the JGrads initiative, which builds community among Jewish grad students and young adults through social programming, networking, and Jewish learning. Kelly also directs the Jew Crew project for undergrads.

becca.pngShmuel Bergman

Shmuel holds a MS from George Williams College and joined the Chabad team in 2013 after spending two years at the St Louis Jewish Community Center working on their camping program. Shmuel works behind the scenes to ensure our students’ experience is top-notch.


Esty Munk

Esty is originally from St. Louis where she attended Block Yeshiva High School. She received her degree from Stern College in NYC, before returning home. Esty directs our program for students at the University of Missouri St. Louis. She also oversees special projects.

melissa.pngLauren Berman

Lauren Berman is a third-year doctoral student at Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy. She heads the COAST program, which pairs volunteer students with local children with special needs for Jewish education.