Mesorah NJ connects young Jewish professionals (22-35) with each other and with their beautiful heritage.


​After serving the spiritual needs at Rutgers Jewish community for 10+ years, Yehoshua and Esther Lewis saw the crying need for the post collegiate Jewish experience. Finding a community as a millennial, especially in today's digital age, is hard. Finding a Jewish community is even harder. Mesorah aims to fill that void through social, educational, service and Shabbat events that are trendy, fun, and uplifting. 


Rabbi Yehoshua Lewis, Executive Director

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Born and raised in Great Neck, Long Island, Rabbi Lewis received his ordination from Ohr Hachaim, and his degree in Mathematics from Queens College, where he graduated Cum Laude. An avid talmudist, Rabbi Lewis continued his studies at BMG in Lakewood, and in 2005 co-founded the Rutgers Jewish Xperience, where he hopefully got all his rabbinical mistakes out of the way in the Coffee Shops of New Brunswick. In his spare time Rabbi Lewis loves playing chess and basketball, and though he's lost a step, he still enjoys teaching the young fellas an occasional  lesson on the court as well as off of it.

Esther Lewis, Educational Director

Raised in Los Angeles, Esther graduated from CSUN with a B.A. in psychology and then from Teachers College, Columbia University with a M.A. in Social organizational psychology.  After several years in a consulting firm in Princeton, she joined Rutgers Jewish Xperience, and then co-founded Mesorah NJ to fill the need of college grads.  

Rabbi Motty Antelis

Rabbinic Intern

Jillian Krutyansky


Ashley Namdar

Educational Coordinator

Daniel Elice


Leah Fox

Marketing Director

Aharon Rochkind

Data Manager