Rabbi Steve Nathan
Endowed Director of Jewish Student Life and Associate Chaplain
Rabbi Steve Nathan's rabbinic career started right here at Lehigh more than 25 years ago when he served as a student rabbi and Hillel Director at Lehigh from 1990-1992. He remained in the Lehigh Valley for two more years serving as student rabbi at Reconstructionist Congregation Am Haskalah in Allentown until he was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA in 1994.
Since that time, he has served as a rabbi, educator and youth group leader at Reconstructionist, Reform and Conservative congregations. He has also worked in the Jewish Federation world and served as director for religious schools and community religious high schools. However, through his years as a Jewish professional, Steve came to realize that his true passion could be found working with college students. Through serving as Campus Rabbi and Interim LGBTQ advisor at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, as well as Jewish Chaplain at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, he discovered the place where he started his rabbinic career when still a student in 1992 was really where he wanted to be.
Rabbi Steve is a native of Scranton, PA, and received his BA in Human Development from Boston College and his MA, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University-Teacher's College prior to working as a psychotherapist with children and teens. He then realized that he wanted to combine his love of working with people with his love for Judaism, which led him to enter rabbinical school in 1988.
He spent his adult years studying and working in the Philadelphia area and then in the DC-Baltimore area, St. Louis, Western Massachusetts and upstate NY before moving back to Scranton in 2011 in order to care for his elderly mother. He has served these years as the part time rabbi of the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms (in the Pocono Mountains) and also worked as a therapist with children, teens and their families.
Engagement & Program Associate
Hi, all! My name is Chloe Goldstein and I will be the first-ever engagement and programming associate for the Lehigh University Office of Jewish Student Life and Lehigh Hillel! I am super-excited to kick off the fall semester and I look forward to grabbing coffee and chatting with students about their interests, as well as connecting them to our student board, programming, and holiday fun!
I graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in psychology and health studies. This past year, I was the programs/engagement associate at the Muhlenberg College Hillel. Now, I will be attending Lehigh University for a master’s in political science with a community fellowship. In addition to working with Jewish life on campus, l’ll also be working for the Chamber of Commerce as a business relationship manager. I currently live in downtown Allentown and love writing, listening to podcasts, and exploring the scenic Lehigh Valley.
I know this is going to be an exciting year for Jewish life on campus and for Hillel! Thank you for your support! We need everyone’s assistance to grow and sustain a vibrant Jewish life at Lehigh!