Jewish Federation of the Berkshires welcomes Molly Meador as
Coordinator of Volunteers and PJ Library
PITTSFIELD, MA – The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires today announced the appointment of Molly Meador as Coordinator of Volunteers and PJ Library. In her new role, Meador will further develop the network of volunteers engaged in the Federation’s important work and oversee the local PJ Library program, which provides free Jewish-themed books and music for children and hosts entertaining and educational family outings.
Meador moved with her family to the Berkshires from Brooklyn, NY, in 2020 and has held administrative, production, and creative roles with notable theater groups in New York City. She most recently worked as a producer for the Keen Company’s Teen Festival and as associate artistic director at TheatreworksUSA. Additionally, she has worked with The Atlantic Acting School, Signature Theatre Company, and Manhattan Theatre Club.
“Recent history has taught us about the importance of connection and community,” says Meador. “The Federation fosters these values, providing as many ways to get involved as there are stars in the sky or books in our library. The Jewish family experience is similarly diverse, and it is my goal to make sure all members of our community – from children to our seniors – feel welcome and included, always.”
“We are thrilled to have Molly join the Federation team,” says Executive Director Dara Kaufman. “Her creativity and commitment to sharing her Jewish values made her stand out in the hiring process. Being new to the Berkshires, with two young children of her own, Molly understands how important it is for families to forge connections and have opportunities to do and be Jewish on their terms.”
“Volunteers are vital in helping the Federation fulfill its mission in the Berkshires and beyond,” says Federation’s president Elisa Schindler Frankel. “Molly will help us grow an already flourishing community of volunteers nurtured by her predecessor in this role, Susan Frisch Lehrer, who served the Jewish Berkshires so capably for the past 14 years.”
Meador is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and majored in theater. She has also been a teaching/guest artist at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), NYU-Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), Stella Adler Studio, NYU Steinhardt School, and SUNY New Paltz.
PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is funded locally by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires with support from the Spitz Tuchman Family Fund and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Berkshires. The program provides free monthly books and music with Jewish content to children ages 6 months through 8 years.