SOJC welcomes a new rabbi


Rabbi Melissa Crespy

Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation has a new full-time rabbi. Rabbi Melissa Crespy brings more than 30 years of rabbinical experience to this congregation, along with a lifelong love of music, language, and connecting with her community.

Rabbi Crespy's journey began in Freehold, New Jersey, where she was raised by a family she describes as "very Jewishly proud, though not so observant." Her father's side of the family are Sephardic Jews from Greece, while her mother's side helped found the Orthodox synagogue in Freehold, where Crespy attended services as a child, kickstarting her love of mu...

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