Michael Mellen is a sought after speaker, trainer, facilitator and consultant. Ordained as a rabbi in 1998, he has served as Director of NFTY – the North American youth movement of Reform Judaism’s 900 congregations, as a congregational rabbi and educator at Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, Virginia, and as a consultant, educator and advisor with a company he founded, Jewish Youth Works. Michael works with the Jewish Education Project in New York.
Focused on helping individuals on a successful, happy, connected life journey, he begins with the individual and his or her story, goals, and questions.
With many years experience speaking with, counseling and working with thousands of youth, teens and adults in camps, synagogues, and communities across North America, he has addressed topics ranging from social justice and spirituality to values focused strategic vision and from bullying to living your best life.
Michael brings a background in staff training and youth programs, as well as years of experience with youth camping, family camping, and community teen programs.
An alum of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Michael continues to explore spirituality in individuals’ life journeys, spirituality and youth, as well as spirituality in business and marketing.
Along with rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College (HUC-JIR), Michael received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR. He is certified in and experienced with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), as well as certified as a facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program of Life Innovations, Inc. Michael plays a mean game of Simon Says with children of all ages and adults.
Michael and his wife, Amy, have a funny, fun son, Jonah, and an adventurous, silly daughter, Ariana.
Degrees, Experience and Certificates:
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
MAHL, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
BA, English Literature, University of Michigan
Graduate, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certification
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
KAVOD Board Member
CCAR – Central Conference of American Rabbis
NATE – National Association of Temple Educators
ACA – American Camping Association