After a nationwide search, Boston-area Jewish Education Program’s (BJEP’s) Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Rabbi Myra Meskin as our new Community Director. In this role, Rabbi Myra will draw on her experience to strengthen our community and lead our core Brandeis student teaching team, with increased involvement and support from Brandeis students, our parent cooperative, and BJEP’s community partners.
Rabbi Myra is a newly ordained rabbi by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. Myra discovered her passion for Jewish education while working at Camp Ramah in California as a counselor, educator and unit head. After graduating with a Masters in Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Myra spent a year in Jerusalem studying in the Pardes Experiential Educators Program.
Rabbi Myra has served as the Assistant Director at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, a 4-week immersive summer program for Jewish young adults, and as a spiritual counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center. She most recently worked as the West Coast Regional Jewish Educator for Moishe House.
Rabbi Myra plans to build on BJEP’s current program, leading our dynamic Brandeis student teachers, developing innovative programming, and keeping the all-favorite electives model. We will soon announce plans to support supplemental Hebrew learning, ramp up our B’nai Mitzvah preparation offerings, and strengthen the teen program for our Madrichim students who support our Brandeis teachers.
Board Chair Jodi Ekelchik explains, “BJEP is first and foremost a community of families who have found a welcoming and inclusive program that builds a Jewish identity for our kids. On behalf of our Board and families, we feel extremely fortunate to have Rabbi Myra as our new community leader, and will look forward to her guiding, teaching, and inspiring our children and families in the Boston-metro area in the years to come.”
About BJEP: The Boston-area Jewish Education Program (BJEP, pronounced Bee-jep), located on the campus of Brandeis University, is an independent Jewish learning community for children from Pre-K to Grade 7. Our families seek a positive experience with substantive content and culture that reflects our Jewish values, morals and social responsibility. Through community-wide events, family programs, and adult learning, our families enjoy an innovative and fun program that provides the tools needed to guide our kids and support each other, while recognizing that we are part of a larger Jewish community in the Boston-area and around the globe. BJEP meets once a week on Sunday mornings. Learn more about the Boston-area Jewish Education Program: Website: http://bjep.org.