Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman, Congregation Kol Tikvah’s Director of Lifelong Learning, came to Parkland from New York City after serving her alma mater, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) as the Program Coordinator of the Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Rabbi Stollman received Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR in New York in May 2010. In 2008, she also received her Master’s Degree in Religious Education as part of a Mandel Fellowship. Rabbi Stollman has extensive experience working for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and its affiliates such as the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Prior to rabbinical school and during, Rabbi Stollman led several KESHER Birthright Israel trips and traveled with NFTY-EIE and NFTY in Israel as a music and worship leader.
Rabbi Stollman also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She is a proud graduate of the University of Florida and is happy to have returned to her home state. Rabbi Stollman serves as a board member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority Foundation and enjoys singing and strumming her guitar, playing mahjong, and spending time with her husband, David, and their three children.