Our Team

There’s no pressure. Just a cup of coffee and a conversation. It’s a great way to get to know you better and to help connect you to what you may be seeking.

We aren’t big on labels at jHUB. Our goal isn’t to find the right box for you to fit into, or us for that matter. We just want to hear your story and think you should hear ours too…

Rabbi Melinda Mersack

Director

Rabbi Melinda Mersack is the Director of jHUB. She is a graduate of m2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education Senior Educators and Relational Learning Cohorts. Each year, she attends summer camp as visiting faculty and is an advocate for interreligious dialogue and social justice. Rabbi Melinda loves spending time outside with her kids and exploring cool areas in Greater Cleveland.

She is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow of CLAL and was a Brickner Fellow of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She is currently the president of the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Melinda earned a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Hebrew Letters and ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

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Rabbi Chase Foster

Rabbi for Engagement & Learning

Rabbi Chase Foster is the Rabbi for Engagement and Learning at jHUB. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, and he found his voice and passion while working at summer camp and in youth groups. He earned a B.A. from Purdue University, and a Master of Hebrew Literature and ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Chase loves placing himself at the center of building Jewish communities that offer people ways to live meaningfully. He loves hiking with his wife and dog, playing and watching sports, and listening to music.

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Danya Shapiro

Family Program Manager

Danya Shapiro is the Family Program Manager for jHUB. She runs social and holiday programs and helps families connect to each other and to Jewish life in Greater Cleveland. She has a diverse background in Jewish movements, including five years working in Israel with Jewish groups from around the world. Danya is also an artist, specializing in Judaic fabric arts. She has a B.A. in Environmental Education and Art from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Early Childhood Education from Arcadia University.

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