Rabbi Andrea Merow is a graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy and she attended the Institute for Zionist Youth Leadership from Abroad in Jerusalem. She received Bachelors of Arts degrees, with honors, from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary List College of Jewish Studies in 1992. Rabbi Merow was the recipient of the Sylvia C. Ettenberg Day School Fellowship in 1993 and 1995. She was ordained and received a Master of Arts, with a concentration in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997. At her ordination she received the Rabbi Sidney Greenberg Prize in Homiletics. In 2004 the Jewish Theological Seminary of America honored her with the Simon Greenberg prize for Rabbinic Achievement.
Rabbi Merow was the rabbi at Temple Sholom in northeast Philadelphia from her ordination until 2004. In 2004 Temple Sholom merged into Beth Sholom and Rabbi Merow joined our rabbinic staff.
She has served on the boards of several local Jewish agencies including Camp Ramah, the Jewish Federaion of Greater Philadelphia, the Chancellor's Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education. She recently served as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Region Rabinnical Assembly.
Rabbi Merow has a special interest in Social Activism. During her tenure at Temple Sholom, Rabbi Merow assisted many talented lay people in building the Mitzvah Food Pantry & Garden into a program that helped feed hundreds of families weekly.
Rabbi Merow loves to teach and daven but she especially loves to sing and was in two a capella groups in NYC, Pizmon & N'ranena