Dr. Melissa SerDirector of Education
MELISSA SER joined Adat Shalom’s professional staff in July 2012. She earned a BA from Florida State University and an MA and PhD from the University of Rochester, and she studied Rabbinics at Hebrew Union College. She holds an MA in Jewish Educational Leadership from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is a participant in the 8th cohort of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute. She was recognized in 2018 as a Conservative Jewish Educator (CJE) by the Jewish Educators Assembly. An educator for over 20 years, Melissa spent almost a decade in Jerusalem, as the Academic Coordinator for the Ramah Jerusalem High School and the Director of the Ramah Jerusalem Day Camp. She also served as the Youth Director and Interim Education Director at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York. Melissa and her husband, Sam, live in West Bloomfield and have two sons, Ariel and Yonatan, a daughter Maya, and a calico cat, Sweetie. Melissa prides herself on keeping an open line of communication and fostering a sense of warmth and growth in all formal educational programming for our synagogue’s youth.