I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jordyn Barry, our new Jewish Innovation and Teen Engagement Director. This is a new position at our J, so I jumped on the chance to get to know Jordyn a little better and am excited to share a bit about her with you. Jordyn has a really exciting background with lots of life experiences and travel (I am living vicariously here. . . she traveled to Israel 11 times!) Having a son who is a teenager and a daughter who is a preteen, I’m so excited about the programming that Jordyn is bringing to the J!
Jordyn moved to Northern Virginia from New Jersey in late August and started working at the J right away. She was born and raised in New Jersey, and attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania (cue: catchy Billy Joel song) for her undergraduate studies in history and religion. Jordyn is not a stranger to our area, as she interned at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. She also studied abroad in Spain, Turkey, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and has been fortunate to travel to Israel, Turkey, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Crete, and Spain!
Prior to moving to Virginia, Jordyn worked at the JCC of Central New Jersey as the Director of Teen Outreach and Engagement. In her similar role at the JCC of Northern Virginia, Jordyn acts as the Delegation Head for the Northern Virginia Delegation to the JCC Maccabi Games®, which will be held in Detroit this summer. She is also excited to be starting a year-round teen program at the J in the months to come! In addition to enriching the Jewish programming at the J and creating new opportunities for teens, Jordyn plans to spread the word about JCC Maccabi Games® and grow our delegation to be the largest it has been in 10 years!
Jordyn mentioned to me that she has had many mentors throughout her life, specifically holocaust survivors who are no longer with us. They taught her the importance of Jewish education, specifically for the younger generations. She is so proud to be in a position that enables her to enlighten, teach, and experience Jewish life here in Northern Virginia.
Join me in welcoming Jordyn to the J and be sure to say hello if you see her around!