youth OF THE YEAR
Plainview Jewish Center
Molly Meyerson has been a fixture at Plainview Jewish Center for the past 10-years when her family joined the synagogue. In her time there, Molly has gotten involved with many activities at the temple has developed lifetime friendships with many through the different activities she has participated in.
When she first started as a PJC member at age 5 (kindergarten), Molly attended Hebrew school where she completed her primary Jewish schooling at the age of 13 and became a bat mitzvah. During that time, she was often seen attending the monthly Friday Night Family Friendly services where she learned the songs and prayers that welcome Shabbat and played with many friends and socialized during the kiddish. She also attended Junior Congregation and, as she got older, services in the main sanctuary on
Saturday mornings. While attending Hebrew school in 2015, Molly went with her family and a group from the temple for the first time on a tour of Israel. Upon graduation, she received the Keter Torah award from the USCJ. In addition, Molly powerfully blows the shofar in the family services on the high holidays at PJC.
One of the most fulfilling activities that Molly has participated with at PJC over the years is the Men’s Club’s annual musical production put on by their performing group called the Patio Players. For the past 6-years, Molly has performed in the shows Fiddler on the Roof, The Melody Lingers On, Milk & Honey, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, and Meet Me in St. Louis. Through her involvement with the Patio Players, Molly has grown significantly as a performer and a person while combining her passions for performing and for supporting the synagogue and maintaining her involvement there. She has made great friends of all ages and created memories she will cherish in the years to come.
Upon graduation from Hebrew school, Molly was looking for a way to stay involved with the synagogue and worked with the Rabbi and Educational Director to help find a role that would match her interests. As she is plans to be an elementary school teacher, they found a role for Molly to be a teacher’s assistant in the religious school working with the younger classes. Molly volunteers her time on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons which she gets great satisfaction from doing. She enjoys working with the children and sharing what she has learned both from her own religious education and her Jewish home.
Molly also enjoys participating in the youth program at PJC where she started in the Tironim program, continued as a Kedimanik, and is now a member of the USY chapter. This year, she became the President of the USY chapter and is excited to grow the chapter by bringing fun and meaningful programming to her chapter members and friends.
Although not a synagogue activity, Molly is also involved, with her family, in a charity called Contractors for Kids. She has started a Kids for Kids chapter in Nassau County and has worked with her friends to raise money for the charity through such events as a “one dime at a time” collection program, a miniature golf outing, a dance-a-thon, and a roller-skating outing.
Molly is a 9th grader at the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. In addition to the details above, she also enjoys getting together with friends and family, student teaching for pre-school and kindergarten classes at the Take-A-Bow theater group in Plainview, traveling, performing with theater groups, playing on her phone, and playing with her 2 ferrets, Piper and Oliver.
Molly would like to thank Steven Adelman and the Men’s Club at Plainview Jewish Center and the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs for this honor and for the opportunities that they have given to her over the past years with their support of the synagogue. Support Molly Meyerson by placing an ad in her honor.
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