Next Steps: National Madrichim Fellowship

October 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm - May 19, 2024 7:00 pm EDT

When madrichim are successful, they are the most amazing asset to supplementary school programs. Let’s give teen madrichim the professional development they deserve! Exceptional Madrichim from across the country will participate in monthly sessions that include a highly interactive virtual environment, expert training, tangible classroom skills, peer support, and field building.

The National Madrichim Fellowship is exactly what the Jewish people need. Especially with the recent decline in the religious school teacher pool, this Fellowship is one step towards creating a bridge between religious school students and future Jewish educators!

To learn more about Next Steps and/or register your madrichim for the program, click the 'Learn More' button above. 

Our Partner



Erica Hruby
Erica Hruby

Erica Hruby is a Jewish educator with over 28-years of teaching, curriculum writing, and professional development experience in Jewish community, academic, and residential environments. Erica serves as the Senior Manager of National Teen Education and Engagement at The Jewish Education Project, formerly the Executive Director of JTEEN - Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Network. She is also the founder of Anchored Parenting, LLC where she serves as an educator and coach for tw/eens, parents, and grandparents. Erica has an M.A. from Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. She lives in Clearwater, Florida with her high school sweetheart with whom she shares two daughters.

Melissa Pescatore
Melissa Pescatore

Melissa Pescatore is the Director of Religious Education at Temple Shaari Emeth in Manalapan, NJ. Serving as principal in the congregation where she grew up, she is passionate about instilling a love of learning and building a strong, positive Jewish identity in her students. She is also a proud graduate of the LEEP Fellowship at NewCAJE and is the co-leader of NewCAJE’s National Madrichim Fellowship.



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