Message from the Rabbi

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About the rabbi....

Rabbi Baruch Melman has been our Spiritual Leader since 2007. 

As Rabbi, as well as Hazzan, he leads the weekly Shabbat daavening, with heartfelt, uplifting and inspiring melodies. 

Rabbi Melman, a Jewish educator prior to his pulpit career, is also the Principal of the Hebrew School, and works intensively with our B'nai Mitzvah age children and our post B'nai Mitzvah teens. 

He teaches classes in Intro to JudaismChumashBibleMishnaTalmudTefillahHalacha and Hebrew reading.

Rabbi Melman received semicha (rabbinic ordination) in 1998 from The Metivta/The Institute of Traditional Judaism, a division of UTJ, based in Teaneck, N.J., where he studied Talmud, Bible, Rabbinic commentaries, Midrash, Shulchan Aruch, homiletics and pastoral psychology. 

He also studied personally under Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for 5 years at his Carlebach Institute's Yeshiva Bayit Chadash, and also joined him in about 300 concerts on the violin and mandolin over a nine year period. 

Rabbi Melman received his Master's in Jewish Education at Boston's Hebrew College in 1985, and received his BA from Brandeis University in 1981 with a double concentration in Intellectual History, where he studied under the legendary Frank Manuel, and NEJS (Near Eastern Judaic Studies), where he studied closely under Professor Michael Fishbane.

In addition, he spent several years on staff at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.  He credits his going to Ramah, as a camper, with teaching him love of Prayer, Torah Cantillation, Jewish/Israeli songs and Hebrew language skills.  Rabbi Melman also recommends Camp Ramah of the Poconos, which is under the auspices of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism based in Lakewood, PA.

Rabbi Melman has 2 daughters.  He served two previous congregations in Oregon and upstate New York prior to coming to the Poconos.