What began as a Jewish mentorship experiment on a single university campus has quickly grown into a masterwork of Jewish engagement operating on 21 prominent college campuses across the country and beyond.
Launched in 2005, MEOR’s unique brand of Jewish leadership training, sophisticated text-based study and experiential education programming highlights the importance of Jewish values, identity and community. In just over a decade, MEOR has impacted more than 18,000 undergraduate students, encouraging them to connect with Judaism on their own terms and in their own time.
In 2016, MEOR established post-university programming to ensure that its alumni would have a familial Jewish framework for sustained growth as young professionals.
Now in its second decade, MEOR continues to ignite the Jewish flame within a new generation of young Jewish leaders who are hungry for community, continuity and connectivity.
Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld
Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld is the Founder and President of Meor.
In addition, Rabbi Gershenfeld is the Dean of Machon Yaakov and of Machon Shlomo, two Jewish studies institutions in Jerusalem Israel noted for the high caliber of their students.
His areas of special expertise include developing the relevance of the Jewish ethical tradition to modern man, revealing the beauty and exactitude of Biblical texts, and inspiring students to become educated, passionate and sophisticated Jewish lay leaders.
Rabbi Gershenfeld graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Trinity College with a BA in Economics and MA in History (1976).
Born in Great Neck, NY, Rabbi Yehoshua Styne studied Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of business before migrating west to study at USC’s Graduate School of Cinema.
After learning at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, he went on to receive his rabbinic ordination from the Edah Charedis Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Styne is currently the Israel Educational Director of Meor Israel and serves as a Senior Lecturer at Machon Shlomo in Jerusalem.
He resides in the Jerusalem suburb of Har Nof with his wife and children.
Rabbi Yosef Lynn
Rabbi Yosef Lynn is the director of MEOR Poland, a key program director and educator for other educational MEOR programming, highly involved in many HR aspects of MEOR and serves as the ombudsman.
In addition, he is also the Dean of Students at Machon Yaakov, a career discovery coach, and is the founder and director of Greatness Within Seminars.
He holds a doctorate in Human and Organizational Psychology from Touro and a masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and daughters.
Rabbi Shlomo Gershenfeld
Director of Meor JInternship