Educational Institutions

MEOR Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.meor.org

Mission Statement

MEOR's
mission is to create a vibrant Jewish future led by a new generation
who are…

Literate
in
Jewish wisdom, culture and heritage
Empowered
and actively engaged in
Jewish community and support of Israel
Instilled
with
a deep personal identity that inspires commitment to Jewish
valuesulture
and heritage

To
fulfill its mission, MEOR…
Focuses
on students attending America's leading academic campuses with
large Jewish populations.Identifies
students with promising leadership qualities.
Provides
leadership development and text-based learning commensurate with the
sophistication of these students.
Augments
campus-based study with learning-oriented trips to Israel.
Encourages
and supports students individually on campus and after graduation.

Main Programs

  1. Israel Experience Trips
  2. Shabbat Programming
  3. Educational Trips to Poland
  4. Maimonides Leaders Fellowship
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

MEOR provides education programming to students on top US university campuses.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Thomas M. Steinberg

Keywords

Self-reported

MEOR, education, Judaism, Israel, travel

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Also Known As

Meor Foundation, Meor of Boston, Meor at Drexel, Meor at Emory, Meor Northwestern, Meor Manhattan

EIN

51-0430002

 Number

1040984319

Physical Address

1560 Broadway Suite 316

New York, 10036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Jewish (X30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In 11 years, MEOR has demonstrated that its innovative approach
attracts thousands of the most promising Jewish students on leading
U.S. college campuses and effectively engages them in discovery of
their own heritage and identity.

Uponcompletion of the program, MEOR students recognize that Judaism has a
powerful intellectual, ethical and moral vision for leading a good
life. Students often reach college age associating Judaism with tradition and ritual
they do not see as relevant to their lives. After participating in
sophisticated, relevant learning with MEOR, students become aware
that Judaism has “answers" and is a meaningful voice in the most
critical debates of 21st century society. Moreover, they see Jewish
literacy as an asset that will help achieve their potential as
individuals, spouses, parents, professionals and community leaders.

Students translate this greater level of Jewish engagement and identity into a
variety of outcomes. Some choose to extend their studies, from a few weeks during the summer to a year or more upon graduation. Others may increase their commitment to choosing a Jewish spouse and raising a Jewish family. Students
frequently express a desire to continue their Jewish connection and
learning after college. MEOR often assists students making the
transition from campus to adult life.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Israel Experience Trips

Last
year, more than 300 students participated in MEOR’s innovative
learning-oriented trips to Israel. Combining daily in-depth classes,
outstanding guest speakers and exciting opportunities to encounter
and enjoy the land of Israel. MEOR Israel experiences engage students
intellectually, spiritually, culturally and socially.

A
typical weekday starts with morning classes in which students explore
Jewish ethical concepts, philosophy, leadership and relationships.
Afternoons feature kayaking, horseback riding, touring historic sites
and seeing the natural wonders and beauty of the land

MEOR
hospitality in private homes welcomes students to the special warmth
of the Shabbat table. Hosted by families who share MEOR’s
commitment to enriching the lives of a new generation, students
experience the tastes and traditions of Shabbat, taking back with
them memories that carry over into their lives on campus and beyond.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$1,520,000.00

Program 2

Shabbat Programming

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Educational Trips to Poland

University students travel to Poland to explore Jewish history and the Holocaust while engaging with Jewish sources related to ethics and morality.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Program 4

Maimonides Leaders Fellowship

During this 10-session course, university students grapple with Jewish topics and values relevant to their lives through engaging with texts and discussions with the educators and guest speakers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of overall donors

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    MEOR seeks to create a vibrant Jewish future led by a new generation that is:

    LIterate in Jewish culture, wisdom and heritage
    Instilled with a deep personal identity that inspires commitment to Jewish values
    Empowered and actively engaged in Jewish community, civic life and support of Israel
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Focus on students attending America's leading academic campuses with large Jewish populations

    Identify students with promising leadership qualities

    Provide leadership develoment and text-based learning commensurate with the sophistication of these students

    Augment campus-based study with learning-oriented trips to Israel

    Encourage and support students individually on campus and after graduation
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    MEOR has eleven years' of experience educating students at top universities across the United States about Judaism and their Jewish heritage. Top notch educators work with students, supported by a national administrative staff. MEOR staff work in partnership with other Jewish campus organizations. Twice a year, educators gather to share best practices.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    MEOR touches approximately 4,000 students each year on 21 campuses across the United States. Approximately 3,000 students have participated in MEOR study trips to Israel. Based on recent statistics regarding MEOR alumni who have married, 92% have chosen Jewish spouses.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since its founding in 2005, MEOR has grown from four campuses, to 21. MEOR continues to innovate and develop new programs. Examples include:
    -- In addition to its standard MEOR Maimonides program, designated programming for women has been created on many MEOR campuses.
    -- MEOR Journey to Poland was opened to MEOR students across the country in 2014 and is often described by students as one of the most impactful MEOR experiences.
    -- In 2015, MEOR launched alumni programming to develop classes, Shabbat experiences and trips tailored to MEOR alumni.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

MEOR provides education programming to students on top US university campuses.

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Financials

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MEOR INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

MEOR Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Thomas M. Steinberg

BIO

Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld is the Founder and President of Meor. In addition to his leadership role at Meor, Rabbi Gershenfeld is the Dean of Machon Yaakov and of Machon Shlomo, two Jewish studies institutions noted for the high caliber of their students.  Rabbi Gershenfeld also is the educational director of Sinai Retreats in Warrensburg, NY which offers two-week summer seminars to collegiate and post-collegiate youth.
 
His areas of special expertise include developing the relevance of the Jewish ethical tradition to modern man, revealing the beauty and exactitude of Biblical texts, and inspiring students to become educated, passionate and sophisticated lay leaders of the Jewish community.
 
Rabbi Gershenfeld graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Trinity College with a BA in Economics and MA in History. Upon graduating, he studied in Japan on the Fulbright Scholar's program.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"“The goal is not to find new landscapes, but to find a new pair of eyes." ~ Marcel Proust

University is the time that young adults prepare for the journey of life. They ask crucial questions: What is a good life? How can I achieve it? And how is Judaism relevant to my personal development? Throughout the ages Judaism has encouraged this search and has responded to these questions with wisdom and sensitivity. However, in this generation the knowledge of our heritage is weak and many students associate Torah with boring, superficial, irrelevant Sunday School classes.

In response to this need, MEOR has developed campus programming that is sophisticated, relevant and personal. It has created a staff of dynamic and personal scholars to be available on over 20 campuses to talk, teach and discuss with individual students. Its exciting and creative Maimonides Leadership Fellowship program creates Jewish literacy, communal bonding and develops student leaders through a ten week classroom and experiential learning curriculum. MEOR has expanded the classroom with it's exciting international trips that enable students to broaden their Jewish horizons and Jewish knowledge around the globe. Summer study retreats and Washington DC Capitol Hill internships allow students to learn the concepts of leadership and then apply what they have learned. MEOR's programming seeks to create Jewish lives of meaning and merit and develop a new generation of leaders."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Thomas M. Steinberg

Tisch Family Interest

Term: Sept 2002 - Dec 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?