Chana 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.  

Rabbi 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 Jewish Family & Children’s Services and as trustee of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Malka Abelev 

Malka is the interim director of JGrads. She has a degree from ASU, where she served as president of the Chabad Student Association.   

Rabbi Yossi and Goldie Abenson

This dynamic couple has recently been appointed to oversee the JGrads program from graduate students and their peers. They will also be opening a new Chabad House in the Central West End.

Gabby Blenden

Gabby heads COAST, our volunteer program for children with special needs. She is from Florida, and has a degree from Michigan and Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from WashU.

Glenna Gelfand

Originally from NY, Glenna moved to St Louis after having lived and taught in Israel for eleven years. She manages our office and coordinates programs for WashU parents.

Michal Hartman

Michal served in the IDF as a Drill Sergeant before earning her B.A. in communications. She moved from Jerusalem to serve as the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to campuses in St. Louis.

Dodi Smason

Dodi leads The Network, our initiative for students at SLU, STLCC, UMSL and Webster U. She has a degree from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL and is working on a graduate degree.