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 at jHUB. She is a graduate of the M2 (The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education) Senior Educators Cohort and a participant in their Relational Learning Circle. 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 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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Samia Mansour

Community Development Strategist

Samia Mansour is the Community Development Strategist for jHUB. She also serves as the liaison for Honeymoon Israel Cleveland. As the child of an interfaith and multicultural household and one half of an interfaith couple, she’s excited to craft new opportunities for interfaith young couples to connect with each other while exploring Cleveland and Jewish culture and values. Samia earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellow with JFNA.

In her free time, Samia enjoys spending time with her fiancé eating delicious foods, traveling, and doing yoga.

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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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