Melissa Zimmerman graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Theatre and a Music Theatre certificate. As Judaism has always been an important part of her life, along with music and a love of working with children, she became a Bar/Bat Mitzvah private tutor upon moving to Brooklyn Heights.
Melissa grew up on Long Island, where she attended Solomon Schechter Day School for nine years. She learned Torah trope—the special set of notes used to chant from the Torah—when she was ten years old at her synagogue, Huntington Jewish Center. She continued to study Hebrew privately in high school, and was an active participant of her congregation and then at Hillel in college.
She has partnered with many synagogues throughout NYC, working in both the classroom setting and one-on-one with private students. She prepares students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs from all varieties of backgrounds and with wide ranges of experience, whether they only require a few brush-up lessons to supplement their studies with the cantor, or are just learning to read Hebrew for the first time! She is always enthusiastic and happy to tailor her services to the needs of individual families as they prepare for this special milestone.
When she isn’t tutoring or auditioning, Melissa loves to bake, take long walks around Brooklyn, attend theatre, and explore the culinary landscape of NYC.