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Shelley Kreiger has been involved in Merkaz since it’s inception over 40 years ago. Bringing both her background in general education and learning disabilities to her passion for Jewish education, Shelley is looking forward to successfully transitioning the Merkaz program to new leadership later this fall. Shelley’s expertise has been in creative programming both academic and co- curricular. Shelley feels honored to have served the teens and families of this community.


Merkaz is the place to be to engage with other community teens in a social, meaningful, and relevant experience. 
Merkaz is the place for Jewish teens to shine! 

Shelley Kreiger
Head of School

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Seth brings a unique combination of academic credentials and practical on-the-ground experience, including a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents & Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College, and successful tenures in youth programming at synagogues and summer-camp settings. His creativity in designing and implementing innovative experiential-learning opportunities brings together his background in the theatre arts and his commitment to Jewish learning.

Seth Marion
Jewish Education & Engagement Associate


Margery has served as the Program Manager since December 1, 2002, having come from a background in education as well as customer service and sales support in an Israeli electronics company. Besides working closely with the Head of School, Margery's roll is to support the faculty as well as the parents, and is thrilled to have had this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our community teens.

Margery Verlezza
Program Director


Coming soon!


Merkaz, our Jewish community high school is so pleased to have collaborative relationships with our area synagogues and organizations:


In addition, numerous members of our community are guest speakers at Merkaz. By sharing their expertise, experiences, and personal stories, they enrich our program and inspire our students.

Merkaz Community High School for Judaic Studies is a program of the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County