Our Mission

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Hillel and the JSU strive to foster a vibrant Jewish community, meaning that students feel included and energized around their Jewish identity and practice. Hillel creates a student-centered, pluralistic, and egalitarian Jewish community that welcomes people of all movement and secular backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, and all approaches to Israel. Hillel is invested in providing diverse religious and cultural programming to Oberlin’s Jewish community.



Hillel Staff

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rabbi Megan Doherty (she/her)

Director of Hillel and Jewish Campus Life

This is Rabbi Megan's fourth year as Hillel director at Oberlin College. She has previously worked at Mishkan Ha'am Reconstructionist community in New York and served as the senior Jewish fellow and associate rabbi at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University. She lives in Oberlin with her wife and daughter. "Building joyful Jewish community at Oberlin is the heart of my work on campus."

Email: Mdoherty@oberlin.edu


Jessi Alperin (they/them), pitt ‘19

Social Justice Springboard Fellow

This is Jessi’s first year as Oberlin College’s Social Justice Fellow! Originally from the best state in the union (Maryland), Jessi relocated here after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with B.A.’s in environmental policy and French with their two grey cats. They have worked in the U.S. and Israel for environmental nonprofits working to combat a variety of issues from hunger and water pollution. Despite being a writer, Jessi is not very quotable, so instead here is a quote from Rabbi Heschel that Jessi uses to inspire their social justice work: “Few are guilty, but all are responsible.”

Email: jalperin@clevelandhillel.org