It is a privilege to share the journey of Jewish learning with your children and a pleasure to get to know their families. We cordially invite you to visit any time you are on campus to meet our dedicated rabbis and educators, sit in on a thought-provoking class, hear an inspiring guest speaker, or share a very special Shabbat.
Parents who have experienced MEOR firsthand—both in the U.S. and in Israel— are among our most appreciative friends and supporters.
We are truly grateful for the time and effort parents take to learn about the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is my child learning with MEOR?
MEOR introduces students to some of the greatest thinkers, writers and sages of Jewish history, combining ancient wisdom with contemporary voices. Through study of classical texts, students discover the relevance of Judaism to today’s world and issues. Students are encouraged to explore a sophisticated approach to Jewish learning and grapple with life’s most challenging questions at a level commensurate with their intelligence and growing maturity. For more about MEOR’s educational approach and content, please download the MEOR 2011 Annual Report
Who are the rabbis and other teachers?
MEOR’s rabbis and teachers are individuals who personally practice traditional Judaism while being supportive and committed to helping students become Jewishly educated, literate and empowered. They are fully committed to MEOR’s open educational philosophy.
Does MEOR pressure students to become more observant?
No. MEOR’s approach is to explain the “why” of Jewish traditions and practices, encouraging students to ask questions and think for themselves. For example, students interested in social justice discover the foundational concepts in Jewish philosophy, ethics, Torah and tradition that are relevant to tikkun olam. Students who want to learn more about why someone might choose to keep kosher have the opportunity to explore the meaning of kashrut and issues relevant to contemporary life.
What is the goal of the program?
MEOR’s goal is to create the next generation of Jewish leaders by investing in students on leading U.S. campuses today. We measure impact through a wide range of outcomes—from extended study in Israel, to a desire to raise Jewish families, engage in Jewish community life and practice, observe Jewish traditions, make aliyah and support Israel.
How is MEOR different from Hillel or other organizations serving college students and does MEOR collaborate?
MEOR focuses on in-depth Jewish learning for students who are seeking that opportunity as part of their college experience. We welcome collaboration with other groups and actively seek it where possible. Resources, Jewish student population, campus character and other factors vary significantly across the 21 schools where MEOR currently offers programs. MEOR classes are often held at Hillel facilities or university classrooms.
Why do the students receive a stipend? Are they being “paid” to study?
In today’s world of escalating college costs and financial pressures on families, MEOR recognizes that the time students are committing to the program is significant, valuable and not eligible for academic credit. Thanks to the support of generous donors, we provide a small stipend to students who complete the Maimonides program. Some students apply this stipend toward a MEOR-sponsored trip to Israel.
How is a MEOR Israel trip different from a Birthright trip and are students who have done Birthright eligible for a MEOR trip?
MEOR Israel trips combine significant Jewish learning with travel around the land of Israel and visits to historic sites. In that respect, they are a different type of experience than Birthright and often complementary. Students who have gone on a previous Birthright trip are eligible for MEOR trips, provided they also meet other requirements.
How can I arrange a campus visit?
To arrange a campus visit, feel free to contact the MEOR rabbi on campus directly.
How can I help?
MEOR greatly appreciates interest by parents in getting involved and supporting the students, both at individual campuses and on a national basis. Please see Letter to Parents
from MEOR parent Debbie Schwartz.