We’re a young , vibrant community interested in the search for meaning, joy and the unique ways we can make ourselves and the world simply better.
Our mission is to democratize Jewish education by offering high-impact one-on-one mentoring, classes, workshops, educational trips, and special events to people in their 20s who didn’t grow up with these opportunities, and empower them to pay forward these kinds of opportunities to others.
A whole new night of learning. Dinner and a class followed by dessert, hanging out, and music!
An interactive workshop that covers topics such as anxiety, stress reduction, sadness, work/life balance, and relationships.Educator: Ruthi Lynn MA,MFT
Thursdays are for the boys! A night of in-depth Talmud study.
Educators: Rabbi Blachman & Rabbi Ashi
Spend a semester or your summer interning at the Technion American Israeli medical school or working on a research project under the Israeli Ministry of Health.
Join networking weekends with peers and mentors as well as national and international health experiences.
Working out of the Jewish Enrichment Center in Greenwich Village, Olami Manhattan is changing Jewish lives in the heart of New York City.
Since 2004, Meor Manhattan has been working on college campuses to inspire, educate and empower young Jews — the future leadership of the Jewish community. Recently, a brave group of educators, young lay leaders, and donors came together to take it to the next level. Olami Manhattan was born.
Meor Manhattan started as one of Rabbi Lynn’s visions of what could be. After over a decade at the helm of one of Meor’s first and most vibrant campuses, he realized that if Meor did not evolve to galvanize its thousands of alumni that were living in NYC, it would be missing a historic opportunity to impact American Jewry. For years, Rabbi Lynn would make trips up from Philly to keep his former students from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) connected to what had turned them onto Judaism in college. The time had come to help this network become the thriving community it is today. Under his guidance and inspired by his out-of-any-box-you’ve-ever-encountered creativity, we have built a full ecosystem of communal learning opportunities and social meeting points for young Jews of New York to mature and become the young leaders that we need to lead the way forward.
Rabbi Lynn served for 12 years as Executive Director of Meor at Penn, where he continues to teach regularly. The Maimonides Leaders Fellowship, his flagship program there, is now available at more than 50 campuses throughout North America. The Israel and Poland trips he pioneered in his early years at Penn have become national entities, receiving generous support from foundations and Israeli government initiatives with thousands of alumni.
Before coming to Penn, Rabbi Lynn lived in Israel for nine years. He studied Torah, Jewish philosophy, and Talmudic law at the renowned Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, the largest yeshiva in Israel. Not having taken the most typical track to the Mir Yeshiva, Rabbi Lynn first graduated from Duke University, and then went on to the Tisch Film School at NYU, later spending several years working as a writer in Los Angeles. He was born in New York City, and is happy to be back, but he grew up in sunny Palm Beach, Florida.
Rabbi Blachman was born and raised in Jerusalem. He studied at the famed Chevron Yeshiva and went on from there to study under Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz in the prominent Jerusalem Kollel, which trains rabbis who serve all over the globe. Aside from his yeshiva studies, he undertook several business endeavors, one of which involved founding his own ice cream company in Israel.
He moved to New York City to be part of the team at Meor Manhattan, and lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Rivka and two children. He hosts lively Shabbos meals with 20+ guests which is talked about far and wide. Additionally, he founded the Manhattan Learning Lounge men’s learning program to inspire and help guys break into the exhilarating study of the Talmud.
Faigy has been working with the JEC Meor Manhattan for 10 years now! Although born and bred in Brooklyn, she is currently a “Real House Wife” of Long Island. She is married to the entrepreneur, Elimelech Blumstein and has a boatload of kids (5 to be exact). She spent 4 years living in Israel while attending College abroad. After receiving her Masters in Psychology, she works as a school psychologist for the Board of Education. She teaches Wednesday evenings at Meor in City and host’s her very own “Faigy Show”. Faigy is known as a “Mystic Millenial” and teaches Chassidus to the masses. Along with learning one on one with students, she spends time with Brides and teaches them the secrets behind the beauty of a Jewish Marriage. Her favourite things are manicures, skiing, starbucks and a good hashtag every now and then! She prides herself on trying out new recipes and loves hosting for Shabbat.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of our staff.
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