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Melissa Levy

Director of Congregational Engagement / Youth Director

Melissa is thrilled to be pioneering this new position at PJTC, where she can help congregants deepen their connections with each other and their Judaism. Prior to becoming Director of Congregational Engagement, Melissa spent six years as the Youth Director, religious school teacher and b'nai mitzvah tutor/coordinator at PJTC. During this time she grew our now award-winning USY and Kadima chapters, and was individually honored to receive the Youth Director of the Year award at USY Regional Convention. She was also honored to represent PJTC as a "Woman Who Makes A Difference" at the Jewish Federation's annual event. Her success came from her love of helping Jewish youth to find their own "hook"--whatever excites them most about Judaism and prepares them to be empowered and socially-responsible Jewish adults. She's thrilled that now in her new role she gets to help Jews of ALL ages find their hook!

Melissa graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Environmental Economics and a Masters in Hospitality Management. Between degrees, she was a Program Associate for Cornell Hillel and managed the world-famous Moosewood Restaurant. She is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and loves bringing aspects of her theater, music, and hospitality backgrounds into the work she does at PJTC. Melissa is happily married to her very own Prince Charming and has a toddler at home who enjoys being a little "USYer-in-training." When she is not hard at work, Melissa loves to hike, play softball, sing, and cook whatever new recipe she can get her hands on.

Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782