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Rabbi Melissa B. Simon

North Carolina Hillel
Senior Jewish Educator and Rabbi
Chapel Hill, NC
Rabbi Melissa B. Simon is the Senior Jewish Educator and Rabbi at UNC-Chapel Hill, providing students with rabbinic support, facilitating students’ meaningful Jewish experiences and playing a central role in crafting the Jewish educational vision for UNC Hillel. Under Rabbi Melissa's leadership, UNC Hillel began participating in the Jewish Learning Fellowship and Workshop Shabbat.

Prior to joining the North Carolina Hillel team, Rabbi Simon was the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at Muhlenberg College and the Director of Lifelong Learning at Shir Tikvah, a Reform synagogue in Minneapolis, MN. Rabbi Simon received Master's Degrees in Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. While a student at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Simon was named a Mandel Fellow, studying visionary leadership and Jewish education. Rabbi Simon received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College. Rabbi Simon served as the Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinic Intern and Director of Children's Education at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York and the Rabbinic Intern at Denison University in Ohio. Rabbi Simon has been named a Selah Fellow with Bend the Arc and a Rabbis without Borders Fellow with CLAL, a rabbinic fellow with JOIN for Justice's Clergy Leadership and Organizing Program, a member of the Senior Educators Cohort at M2 and will join the Hartman Institute as a Fellow in their Hillel Educators Cohort.

She is passionate about Jewish education, social justice, inclusive Jewish communities and empowering young people.
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