Staff and Religious Advisors

Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and Protestant professionals currently serve as the Religious Advisors. The Advisors are available as counselors, resources, and friends regardless of students' religious affiliations. Advisors also conduct services, lead text study groups, coordinate programs, assist student religious organizations, and work with the Dean's staff.

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Dr. Joyce Tompkins

Joyce ThompkinsOffice: Bond Memorial Hall 202 (Mon.-Fri. all day; open office hours Wed. and Thurs. 1-4; also available by appointment)
Phone: 610-328 -8328

Joyce holds a B.A. in Classics from Cornell University, did graduate work in religion at Yale University and graduated with an M.Div from the General Theological Seminary in New York. She received her Doctor of Ministry in interfaith chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. She is ordained in the Episcopal Church and has served as a parish minister, a counselor for European au pairs, and as counseling staff at Marquette University.

Joyce regularly shares her "Spiritual Reflections" wth the community, a sampling of her recent colunms: Lessons from Trees, A Brooklyn Story, What I Did Not Do On My Summer VacationFree the Chairs, A Waltz in the Garden

Jewish Student Advisor, Rabbi Adam Lavitt

Adam LavittOffice: Bond Memorial Hall 201 (Mon., Wed., Fri., 11am-5pm)
Phone: 610-328-8615

Rabbi Adam holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and English Literature from Kenyon College. He was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, where he also received a Master’s in Jewish Education, and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. His diverse rabbinic experience includes serving as rabbinic intern at Harvard Hillel, assistant rabbi at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, and chaplaincy intern at Hebrew SeniorLife. He also brought the Movement Minyan to the National Havurah Institute as Liturgist in Residence and is a member of CLAL's Rabbis Without Borders Network. Adam is a regular contributor to The Wisdom Daily, and other online publications. When he’s not at Swarthmore, Adam likes to hike, rock-climb and dance. He is currently a JOIN for Justice Rabbinic Fellow and in training as Jewish Spiritual Director at Hebrew Union College in New York City.

Catholic Student Advisor, Father Jaehwa Lee

Father LeeSwarthmore College: Bond Memorial Hall 300 (Tues., Thurs., Sat.)
Bryn Mawr College: 104 Aelwyd on Cambrian Row (Mon., Wed., Sat.)
Haverford College: 208 Whitehead Campus Center (Wed., Fri.)
Phone: 610-328-8578
Email: or

Father Jaehwa has a B.S. from Columbia University, M.S. from University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Div. from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was appointed to the Tri-Co Newman colleges in 2011 from Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Before the Tri-Co ministry, He has served the Newman Catholic Apostlate at Drexel University, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and University of Pennsylvania before joining the Tri-Co Newman Catholic Apostolate. He also served as a Parochial Vicar at Ss. Peter and Paul and Maternity B.V.M. of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Tri-Co Newman Website

Muslim Student Advisor, Umar Abdul Rahman

Umar Abdul RahmanOffice: Bond Memorial Hall 200 (Mon. & Wed. 10am-6pm; Fri. 2pm-6pm)
Phone: 610-328-5747

Umar Abdul Rahman holds a B.A. in International Relations (Middle Eastern Studies focus) and Economics from Lehigh University. After graduation he received a Fulbright Grant and spent the next year in Sana'a, Yemen, conducting research on "The Impact of Marxism on Islamic Thought." Umar subsequently received his J.D. from Temple University's School of Law. Prior to beginning work in religious life and pastoral care, Umar practiced immigration and human rights law, specifically deportation defense, for a number of years in the Philadelphia area. Umar is currently completing an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary. In addition to his present course of study at the seminary, Umar has studied various aspects of the Islamic faith in both traditional and academic settings in the U.S. as well as abroad. He continues independent study of the Islamic tradition focusing much of his attention on Sufism and different approaches to Islamic law. Umar has been an active member of the local Muslim community and was one of the founders of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization.  


Affiliate advisors do not have offices in Bond Hall but are on campus at various times to work with students from a particular religious group. They meet quarterly with the Interfaith Team and sign the College’s Religious Advisors policies and agreements:

  • Justin Tibbels, staff worker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a national evangelical Christian organization 
  • Rabbi Eli Gurwitz, Director of Chabad House on the Haverford campus

Representatives of other religious or spiritual organizations who are not members of the staff or student body are not permitted to work with students on the Swarthmore campus.