Professional ice breaker, wine enthusiast, passionate activist
Megan is the Rabbi at the Silverstein Base Hillel at Lincoln Park and the campus rabbi of Metro Chicago Hillel.
Megan grew up in Oak Park where she found her voice as a Jewish leader at her Conservative youth group and Reform summer camp. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Megan then went to work for the Hillel at Yale University where she discovered her passion for working with college students. From that discovery, she realized that—rather than pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology—she wanted to empower young adults to create their own rich Jewish identities by using Jewish tradition as a source of meaning. Megan was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2014. She also received an MA in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies and a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Megan in an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and, prior to joining Metro Chicago Hillel, Megan served as the Senior Jewish Educator at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. She has a passion for travel and outdoor adventure which has led her to forty-eight of the fifty states in the US.
Megan is thrilled to return to Chicago with her wife Paige to open the Silverstein Base home: a hub for young adults craving meaningful, welcoming, vibrant Jewish life in the best city in the world!