Melissa Werbow

I love being Jewish. That may be a dorky thing to admit but it’s true. It isn't just my religion or my culture, it is the framework around which I have built my entire life. Growing up in the only Jewish family in a rural Kansas town, Judaism made me feel awkward and different. But through the youth group, Israel trip, Hebrew High School and camp experiences of my high school years, I fell in love with being Jewish. At first, it was the sense of being a part of something bigger than myself. Every time I saw a Jewish star around the neck of someone passing in the opposite direction, my heart would beat a little faster. I felt an instant burst of connection with that person, even if I never spoke to them. What began as a desire to make up for the lack of a Sunday school education quickly became a thirst to dive deeply into Jewish learning - history, text, holidays and more. With each new discovery, I realized how much I still had to learn.

Throughout my career, I have sought to help others find the joy, community and support that I have found in the Jewish community. I have always felt like I found the secret elixir for life and want to share it with others. I bring my irreverent sense of humor and a spirit of adventure to my teaching. Expect a partnership where we will explore together and enrich each other.

When I am not learning and teaching, I spend my time quilting and knitting, exploring new recipes for Shabbat and trying to raise my three kids to be the kind of adults I’d want to hang out with.

Melissa Werbow Favorite Subjects


Introduction to Judaism

Jewish Calendar

Life Cycle






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