Jesse M. Olitzky is a fourth-year student at The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary who is also pursuing his MA in Jewish Education at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS. He is excited to serve as Prozdor’s retreat coordinator this year.
Jesse received a BA cum laude in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of JTS, as well as a BA in Religion from Columbia University. He has taught students of all ages throughout Manhattan, Long Island, and Connecticut. Jesse has taught classes ranging from Writing as a Paradigm for Prayer to Field of Dreams: Judaism, Prophecy, and Baseball. Jesse is also active in informal education, having just spent a summer as a Rosh Edah at the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, New York. Jesse has experience working with United Synagogue Youth (USY), most recently as a youth director in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and as the regional religion and education fieldworker for the New Jersey Hagalil Region. He is currently a Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow, an honor that allows him to learn and work with rabbinical students from JTS and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Jesse just concluded a year of study at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem and will continue his work this year as rabbinic intern at the Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg, New York. He is looking forward to working with Prozdor students on plans for a fun and exciting retreat for this upcoming year.