Melissa Abu (Bloom) joins Congregation Ahavath Achim


Melissa Abu (Bloom) joined Congregation Ahavath Achim as the part-time synagogue administrator on July 19, 2021.  Over the last 7 years, Melissa has been helping our congregation in numerous ways from event planning, communications and our homeland security grant.  Melissa grew up in Portland and worked at various Jewish agencies and synagogues here before attending American Jewish University, formerly University of Judaism, to receive her MBA in nonprofit management and a master’s in Jewish communal studies.

She has served as the Executive Director of Congregation Shaarie Torah; Marketing and Development Director of Jewish Family & Child Service in Portland; and executive director of Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, WA, Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa, CA, and Westwood Kehilla, in California.  For the past 3 years, Melissa owned and operated Yo Zone in Tanasbourne that had to close this past year due to Covid19.

Melissa is excited to be working with Rabbi Sholom Skolnik, and the board of directors to assist in bringing Congregation Ahavath Achim into the next chapter.

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