If you are struggling with a relationship, going through a break-up, in conflict with family members or peers, having doubts about the life of faith, wondering about the meaning of life, or just looking to shoot the breeze for a minute or two, we are ready to talk with you about what’s on your mind.

Meet Our Staff

Jenn Ferman

Jewish Chaplain



Jenn is the point person of our husband/wife Jewish Chaplaincy team. She comes to Hamilton College from Toronto where she was employed in programming for a large synagogue and a Jewish community organization. She has degrees in Religious Studies and Education and is active in social justice work.

Michael Ferman

Jewish Chaplain



Michael, along with his wife Jenn, is part of the Jewish chaplaincy, taking on the role of ritual and ceremonial leadership. In addition to his responsibilities as Headmaster for the Hebrew Day School in Syracuse, NY. In his previous role in Toronto, Michael was involved in program direction for a large synagogue and most recently Admissions Director for a Hebrew Academy, with graduate degrees in Jewish Studies and Education.

Fr. Peter El Hachem

Catholic Chaplain



Fr. Peter is a Maronite Catholic priest who is also trained in the Roman Catholic liturgical rites. Ordained to the priesthood in his native Lebanon, he served parishes in Beirut and South America, before coming to his current role as Pastor for St. Louis Gonzaga Church in Utica, NY. Fr. Peter celebrates mass on campus typically on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and is available for confession or informal conversation on those days.

Togan Timothy Kohlbrenner

Syracuse Zen Center/Advisor to Meditation Club


Resource for Weekly Sitting Meditation

Bob Ford

Chapel Music Director



Office Hours: By appointment

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