Melissa S. Cohavi is a graduate of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies. She also has a Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work, a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from SUNY Purchase. Melissa is a licensed social worker in the State of New York. Melissa is currently an Ed.D candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Melissa has extensive experience in the field of Jewish and Israel education. She has written curriculum for all ages, from youth through high school, and has extensive youth work experience. Melissa lived in Israel for three years, where she completed her Masters in Social Work, and worked as a community social worker in the Neve Yonatan neighborhood of Ramla. Melissa has won a number of Jewish education awards, including The Rabbi Edward E. Klein Memorial Prize in Education and the Marilyn Scheffler Award for Excellence in Education, both from HUC-JIR. Melissa has presented at a number of conferences, including the National Association of Temple Educators, NewCAJE and Limmud Stockholm. Melissa is the Director of Jewish Identity Development at Congregation B'nai Yisrael in Armonk, New York.