Class of 2014
A friend who had studied in Israel came back and suggested we do some learning together. She researched Jewish organizations on campus and found MEOR, because they offer one/one learning. I met with Rabbi Edelstein, and it really clicked. I decided to do the MEOR Maimonides program and it was fantastic!
I thought I would be way ahead of the pack because of my previous Jewish education, but every speaker we had was incredibly informative. This type of learning reinvigorated me. I really became attached to MEOR and now whenever they do something, I want to be involved. It feels like home. The fact that there is a weekly Shabbat dinner is out of this world!
My previous experience was not why to love Judaism, but “here is how to be Jewish.” It was tedious and I was becoming disenchanted. When I started learning with MEOR, it was more about the big picture. Where you do fit with Judaism? How do you approach it in the most effective manner? MEOR puts its emphasis on the “why.”
I would recommend that everyone try it. You may just have a small amount of knowledge going into it, for example about the holidays, but not the deeper essence of it. Once you experience a MEOR shabbaton for the first time, you will want to come back for more!