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Welcome Rabbi Hannah Elkin

Claremont Hillel is excited to welcome Rabbi Hannah Elkin as our next Hillel Director. Hannah will begin August 2. We hope you will introduce yourself via e-mail and welcome her to Claremont at that time.

Rabbi Hannah Elkin was ordained as a rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2021. Before attending rabbinical school, Elkin earned a bachelor’s in Religious Studies from Middlebury College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. While at Harvard, she focused on Jewish Studies and Women, Gender, and Religion and developed a specialty in Jewish responses to gender-based violence, earning a Master’s of Jewish Education and Master’s of Hebrew Letters. Rabbi Elkin received awards for academic excellence and took on multiple community leadership positions. She also served as a teaching assistant at USC’s Louchheim School for Judaic Studies and spiritual counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish-based addiction recovery center in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Elkin is excited to take on her new role and join the interfaith Chaplaincy at The Claremont Colleges. She looks forward to joining and serving what she feels is a community of bright and thoughtful students, dedicated and passionate administrators, and highly respected faculty. Her initial goals are to meet and begin to build relationships with the campus community, as well as offer emotional and spiritual support to students as they transition from the virtual campus to the physical. Rabbi Elkin is passionate about making Judaism relevant and personally meaningful to Jews of all backgrounds. She plans to incorporate her Jewish education, experiences, and passions as Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at The Claremont Colleges

We once again thank Rabbi Danny Shapiro for his service to Claremont Hillel since 2016. He and his family are moving to Andover, MA as his husband takes on the position of Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Andover. We wish him the best in his new endeavors. Rabbi Danny’s last day is May 19.