Jessica has served as Religious School Director at Congregation B'nai Israel for the past eleven years. She was first drawn to the warmth and inclusiveness of the B'nai Israel community and found it to be a uniquely special place, a kehillah kedosha, a holy community. Jessica is honored to serve the B'nai Israel families and to create meaningful programs for them to explore and grow in Judaism.
Jessica Yellen received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a sub-emphasis in Vocal Music from California State University, Long Beach. After completing her undergraduate studies, Jessica continued at California State University, Long Beach, for additional certification in Elementary Education. In 2004, she received her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership, with an emphasis in Educational Leadership, from Chapman University. Jessica's teaching experience spans public and private secular education, as well as Judaic studies. Prior to her career in education, Jessica utilized her organizational and planning skills in the hospitality industry as an Event Planner and Travel Agent.
Jessica was born and raised in Orange County, California. She married Josh Yellen in 1999 and they moved to Louisiana in 2004. They are proud parents of two children, Mathew (16) and Rebekah (12), who love Religious School!