Director of Youth and Family Engagement
Caryn Roman, UT’s Director of Youth and Family Engagement, leads the Union Temple Religious School, oversees the Youth Group and PJ Library, and coordinates all family programming.
Raised in Michigan, Caryn graduated with honors from Boston University and holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. In 2017 she completed a second master’s degree in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan, where she received a Be Wise Entrepreneurial Innovation Grant and the Lieberman Frank Scholarship, as well as the Florence Zeldin Memorial award from HUC-JIR’s School of Education.
Prior to coming to Union Temple, Caryn held a variety of positions in JCCs, synagogues and Jewish organizations of all sizes. Her broad communal experience ranges from early childhood education to large-scale event production, including more than a decade spent working with Jewish youth in year-round and summer camp settings. She is a proud alumna of multiple URJ camping and youth programs. Caryn is a voracious reader and can frequently be found attending Broadway shows, playing with her niece, Riley, or walking her dog around Brooklyn. She enjoys singing and playing guitar and has extensive experience leading groups of all ages in song.