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 Judaism, Chumash, Bible, Mishna, Talmud, Tefillah, Halacha and Hebrew reading.
Our Rabbi also writes a weekly commentary on the Torah portion, exploring nuances in text and spiritual themes in depth, which can be found in his blog.
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 studed un the legendary Frank Manuel, and NEJS (Near Eastern Juidaic 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 langauage skills. Rabbi Melman also recommends Camp Ramah of the Ponocs, which is under the auspices of the Untied Synagogue for Conservative Judaism based in Lakewood, PA.
Rabbi Mleman has 2 daughters. He served two previous congregations in Oregon and upsate New York prior to coing the the Poconos.