I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a conservative Jewish home. Though I attended Hebrew school as a kid, frequented synagogue on the holidays, and grew up as a culturally proud Jew, I didn’t quite know where Judaism fit into my life.

I was involved in Jewish life throughout my time at Cornell but only became involved in MEOR during my senior year. I was intrigued by the high level of learning and the strong intellectual approach. The one on one learning elevated my understanding of Torah and Judaism. Judaism was no longer a cultural identity for me but something bigger, something to implement into my daily life.

After Cornell, I moved back to Philadelphia and continued to stay engaged and connected to MEOR and my Jewish learning. I joined the MEOR Vision trip to Israel which really cemented everything I had learned until that point. I made life-long connections with my fellow participants and teachers, namely Rabbi Styne.

I am now studying law at New York University and am very grateful to MEOR for instilling in me a heightened sense of self, a strong Jewish background, and the tools to live a productive and growth-oriented Jewish life.

Class of 2011, Bachelor of Science, Industrial & Labor Relations