Rabbi Jessica Goldberg is Bucknell's Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director. Rabbi Goldberg received semicha (rabbinic ordination) from the pluralistic Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston, MA. She also earned a Masters in Jewish Education, a Masters in Jewish Studies, and a Certificate in Interreligious Leadership while studying at Hebrew College. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and Religious Studies from Brandeis University.
Rabbi Goldberg served as the president of Hillel while a student at Brandeis, and later returned to the Hillel world during rabbinical school through internships at Brandeis and Amherst College Hillels. She has enjoyed leading services and teaching in Conservative, Reform, and nondenominational congregations, but was ultimately drawn back into Hillel and campus life.
Rabbi Goldberg is especially interested in experiential education, and through her affiliations with Brandeis and Hebrew College she has spent the last decade developing experiential curricula for high school and college students. She trained in clinical pastoral education at the renowned Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Her door is open to all students, Jewish or not, and she is always willing to listen, to counsel, and to learn and teach some Torah.