The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Bryan, began his tenure at Temple Israel of Westport in 2012, as their Director of Youth Programming. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Youth Development and a Masters of Social Work from Springfield College.
Before working for TI, Bryan worked at the New England Adolescent Research Institute in Holyoke, MA as well as serving as Program Coordinator for Camp Tevya in New Hampshire. Previously Bryan worked at the YMCA with day camps for 8 years. Bryan also served as the Madrich (leader/advisor) for the Diller Teen Fellowship Program of the Leventhal- Sidman JCC.
Most recently, Bryan served as an Accommodation Manager for Team USA during the 2017 International Maccabiah Games. In 2013, he also served as the Site Director for the NFTY Urban Mitzvah Corps program in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Bryan has a strong connection to our National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) which began with his involvement in his High School Temple Youth Group (TYG) in Franklin, MA. Bryan was president of his TYG, nominated to be a program coordinator and prayer coordinator. During his time in Youth, Group Bryan participated in the NFTY- EIE program, spending a meaningful year studying abroad in Israel. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism (PEP-RJ).
His program and engagement efforts include organizing synagogue wide experiences such as Mitzvah Day, Women's Group, Men's Group, First Friday, Shabbat Programs, Fine arts concerts, and more.
Jordyn recently joined Temple Israel in Westport back in September as the Director of Youth Engagement. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Judaic Studies Minor from the University of Michigan.
Prior to working at Temple Israel Jordyn worked for BBYO in Michigan Region as their Director of Jewish Enrichment. For eleven years Jordyn attended a Jewish summer camp, Tamarack Camps in Ortonville, Michigan, before becoming a counselor and supervisor there for seven years.
Jordyn takes on the responsibility of programming for all youth at the temple from 2nd until 12th grade. She also teaches in the religious school at Temple Israel and helps intertwine the formal and informal education happening with the youth at the Temple.