MEOR Israel

MEOR Israel offers university students the opportunity to tour, learn and live in Israel over a winter or summer break. Super-charged with inspiration and featuring the most talented and motivating educators anywhere, this Israel experience is the ultimate platform for self-discovery and exploration of Jewish heritage and identity. Over the course of this unforgettable journey, students are introduced to the country’s rich and varied historic, geographic, and cultural landscape while simultaneously engaging in text-based Jewish study on related topics. The result is a foundational Jewish experience unlike any other and the most meaningful and enjoyable excursion imaginable.

By design, MEOR Israel is longer than many other Israel trips, so that we can provide participants with the opportunity to discover facets of Israel that are not usually on the itinerary.

Sample Itinerary


Meet the MEOR Israel Staff:

Rabbi Yehoshua Styne

Israel Educational Director

As Meor’s Israel Educational Director, Rabbi Styne oversees and teaches on the Israel-based programs: the Israel Trips, Meor Plus, Meor Vision, and J-Internships. He is known for his dynamic teaching style and care in getting to know each student. During the academic year, Rabbi Styne travels to the Meor campuses to teach and meet up with students from previous Meor programs.

Born in Great Neck, NY, Rabbi Styne studied Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of business before migrating west to study at USC’s prestigious Graduate School of Cinema. Rabbi Styne learned at the famed Mir Yeshiva under Rav Asher Arielli and Rav Yosef Elefant. He received his rabbinic ordination from Rav Yosef Lerner and Rav Moshe Halbershtam (zt”l) from the Edah Charedis Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem. Rabbi Styne is a faculty member of Machon Shlomo, a Jewish studies institution noted for the high caliber of its students, where he teaches gemara, halacha, ethics and philosophy. He currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Mrs. Michal Levy

Director of the Women’s Learning Program

As director of the Women’s Learning Program, Michal is active in all MEOR programs, overseeing and giving insightful courses for women on Meor Israel Trips, MEOR Plus and MEOR Vision. Michal infuses compassion and excitement into her teaching. Regardless of the number of students she is teaching she makes it a priority to meet each of the students, guides them through their various programs and then follows up with them when they return the States. When she is not mentoring MEOR students, Michal teaches in Bnos Sarah and Midreshet Tehillah, two post-high school seminaries for girls, throughout the academic year. She is also a student advisor and programs coordinator for Midreshet Tehillah.

Michal was born and raised in Israel and received her certification and specialized degree in education from Merkaz Beit Yakov. She earned a B.A. in English and Education from The Ministry of Education of Israel and also participated in the Counseling Skills Course at the Family Institute at Neve Yerushalayim. Michal lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.

The trip is the perfect way to experience Israel for the first time, or even the 20th time. It's something that will last forever. And, it's beautiful.

- Gabe, University of Pennsylvania

Meor is a great way to learn about Judaism and Israel; the size of the group allows many relationships and a variety of different people, the length of the trip gives you a good amount of time to really take in the country.

-Eric, Rutgers University

A unique combination of Jewish philosophical probing and recreational activities that cannot be passed up. I would highly recommend it to all interested in further exploring Jewish identity.

-Hannah, Yale University

I have already shared with many friends and family that the trip was truly an experience of a lifetime! The concepts we learned and the places we traveled were awe inspiring. I acquired so much knowledge and made so many friendships. It is so important for Jews to travel to Israel and connect personally with the land and the people! This trip is better than Birthright!

-Ariella, UC Berkeley

Winter ’16

Trip 1:
Dec 11 – Dec 28
 Northwestern, Drexel
Trip 2:
Dec 25 – Jan 9
 All Campuses