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Rabbi Baruch Melman
Rabbi Baruch “BB” Melman brings a rich synthesis of rabbinic scholarship, chassidut and music. Rabbi Melman received semikha from the UTJ’s rabbinical school, The Metivta-Institute for Traditional Judaism, in 1998, before serving on the UTJ board from 2000 to 2003. Prior, Rabbi Melman received a BA from Brandeis in Near Eastern & Jewish Studies (NEJS) and History, and an MA in Jewish Education from Boston's Hebrew College. He also studied at Machon Pardes and the Carlebach Institute, where as a violinist, he frequently performed with the late Shlomo Carlebach, tz’l. Rabbi Melman has led congregations in Oregon and New York, before assuming the pulpit at Temple Israel of the Poconos, where he has served since 2007.