MEOR provides students the unique opportunity to study any topic in Judaism, at any pace, with any staff member. You choose the topics and a MEOR rabbi or rebbetzin will buy the coffee. Explore your questions and interests with no boundaries–from mysticism to the meaning of life, relationships, belief, God, the universe, creation and more.
One-on-one learning is a great way to customize your personal journey with a guide who encourages critical thinking, in-depth questioning and open discussion of the issues most important to you. Many students choose to supplement their Maimonides I or II seminars with weekly individualized sessions in order to flesh out their questions, and others find that learning in an intimate one-on-one setting is really the only way they feel fully comfortable dealing with the most perplexing areas of life. Even if you have no specific questions to ask, the personalized attention and space to think allows for discussions to easily flow and fosters a safe, non-judgmental environment in which to think deeply about meaningful topics and ideas.
- “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You”: Rights, Responsibilities, and True Activism
- “Somebody’s Gotta Bend”: Practicing Tolerance and Acceptance
- “The Real Feminist”: How Judaism Views a Woman’s Role in the World
- “Even Picasso Painted on a Canvas”: How Creativity Comes From Working in a Framework
- “Get in Shape”: Flexing Free Will to Build Spiritual Muscle
- “Looking Before Leaping”: The Rationality of Real Faith
- “Body and Soul”: The Depths of Jewish Mysticism
- “Beyond Bells and Butterflies”: What Love is Really All About
- “Choose Your Own Adventure”: Pick a Topic of Your Choice!
One on one learning is an amazing supplement to the weekly classes. I get to talk about anything that interests me and delve deeper into the areas where I have my most burning questions.
- Julie, University of Pennsylvania
When the rabbi first asked me to get coffee with him, I thought, 'what have I got to lose? Free coffee.' We would just sit and talk about whatever I wanted to talk about, and after a few meetings I realized he had valuable insight into questions that meant a lot to me. I had never been exposed to the intellectual side of Judaism before.
- Gil, Northwestern University
My favorite thing about MEOR is the one on one learning. I can meet with someone at a time that fits into my schedule and ask any question I want, without being embarrassed or getting everyone off-track. Best of all, I choose the topics, can switch to a new topic whenever I want, and am being taught by someone who knows me very well and understands what I need- sometimes better than I know myself.
-Rebecca, University of Pennsylvania