Jessica Lott grew up in Evanston and has worked in the Hillel world for over a decade, both on campus (at the University of Delaware, Temple University, and the University of Maryland) and at Hillel International’s headquarters, most recently as the Associate Vice President of Education at Hillel International and lead Educator for the Springboard Fellowship.
Jessica was a camper, counselor, and unit head at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute Camp (OSRUI); ran youth programs at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie, IL; and coordinated Jewish social justice education programs for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. She loves to teach and has done so with a wide variety of people - from toddlers to seniors, at synagogues and summer camps, on Israel trips, in interfaith dialogue groups and, of course, on college campuses. Her interest in stories, how we tell them, and what we learn from hearing and telling them is what led her to the rabbinate. A deep investment in innovation and pluralism led her to a career in Hillel.
Jessica is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Jewish and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St Louis and a master's degree in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from DePaul University in Chicago. Jessica enjoys bike riding, singing, baking, doing crossword puzzles, hosting dinner parties, and gardening. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Rob, daughter, Shuli, and son, Noam.