Rabbi Mark Melamut is our Spiritual Leader. He joined Congregation B’nai Emunah in August 2008.
Rabbi Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After moving to Vermont to appreciate the out-of-doors, he secured work in his field of study but realized that wasn’t what he was looking for. He applied to Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT, and received a Master of Arts in Religion in 2000. The seeds of the idea of becoming a rabbi were planted and he studied in Jerusalem for several years, including at Hebrew University as a visiting graduate student, graduating from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2008.
While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Mark worked at a wide variety of venues. He was the student rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Punta Gorda, FL, for two years, and at Temple B’nai Israel in Burlington, NJ, for one. In addition, he was the Rabbinic Educator at Drexel University Hillel, creating programming to engage college students. He also has teaching experience at various grade levels and has facilitated workshops in a variety of settings. A position very important to him has been his chaplaincy work in Pennsylvania, visiting those in hospitals and those who are terminally ill.
Rabbi Mark lives in Pacifica. His wife, Hayley DeLugach, teaches Bible at the Jewish Community High School. His daughter Kinneret was born in December 2007, and his son Geffen was born in February 2010.
He writes religiously (no pun intended), including poetry, and enjoys cooking, reading, movies, music, hiking, camping, biking, and traveling.