Rabbi Andi Merow joined TJC in the summer of 2021 and is excited to be part of this vibrant community. She is dedicated to creating a warm community imbued with holiness, knowledge, reflection, and joy. She is committed to meeting individuals where they are to enable them to progress on their Jewish journey. She loves to craft and lead soulful prayer experiences, is devoted to social action, ,to Jewish education on all levels, and to using these to foster spiritual growth in congregants. Please feel free to email or call her if you would like to speak; she is eager to get to know our TJC congregants.
Rabbi Merow comes to The Jewish Center after 17 years at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, PA as the 2nd rabbi, and 7 years as the rabbi at Temple Sholom in Philadelphia. During her tenure at Temple Sholom and Beth Sholom Rabbi Merow assisted many talented lay people and staff in building the Mitzvah Food Pantry into a program that helps feed hundreds of families weekly, in creating A Center for Spiritual Well-being, and an award winning multi-generational Shabbat Experience Program. She is proud of the many youth from her shuls who have attended Camp Ramah, USY and many other youth programs.
She has served the local and International Rabbinical Assembly, the organization of Conservative rabbis, in many positions including local president, Executive Council member, member of their strategic planning group and co-chair of a Committee on making public statements. As a committed Zionist she is proud to have twice been a delegate for Mercaz to The World Zionist Congress.
Rabbi Merow attended the Institute for Zionist Youth Leadership from Abroad in Jerusalem/Young Judaea Year Course, earned BA degrees with honors, from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary List College of Jewish Studies in 1992. She was ordained and received a Master of Arts, with a concentration in Education, at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997. At her ordination she received the Sidney Greenberg Prize in Homiletics. In 2004, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America honored her with the Simon Greenberg prize for Rabbinic Achievement.
She is an avid traveler, especially to Israel, and any beach. She loves to bike, walk her dog. She is a former member of Pizmon – Columbia/JTS a cappella and loves Israeli music.