MEOR Inc.

Inspiring, educating, & empowering a new generation

aka Meor Foundation, Meor of Boston, Meor Penn, Meor at Drexel, Meor at Temple, Meor at Emory, Meor Northwestern, Meor Philadelphia   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.meor.org

Mission

Our mission is to create a vibrant Jewish future led by a new generation that is: -Literate in Jewish wisdom, culture and heritage -Inspired by a deep personal identity -Committed to strong Jewish values -Engaged in Jewish community, civic life & support of Israel

Ruling year info

2002

President

Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld

Main address

11723 Stonington Place

Silver Spring, MD 20902 USA

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Formerly known as

MEOR Heritage Retreats Foundation, Inc,

EIN

51-0430002

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Jewish (X30)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MEOR works to educate Jewish students on campus about their identity and history. MEOR works to help its students with personal growth and development and find deeper meaning and understanding in a complex world. MEOR accomplishes this through education targeted to enhance strong Jewish values.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Shabbat programming enables students to build Jewish community while learning about tradition and enjoying a festive Shabbat meal with their peers and educators.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

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

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

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.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Maimonides Leaders Fellowship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes participants in the MEOR Maimonides Fellowship, a 10-session course on applied Jewish values, and more advanced study through MEOR Maimonides II.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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

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

MEOR has over fifteen 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.

Since its founding in 2005, MEOR has grown from four campuses, to 20. 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.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MEOR Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Thomas Steinberg

Tisch Family Interest

Term: 2002 - 2012

Beryl Gershenfeld

No Affiliation

Thomas Steinberg

Tisch Family Interest

Carey Wolchok

TL Investments

Ariel Kor

Sampoerna Capital

Ian Glastein

Monarch Alternative Capital

Lisa Rosenbaum

Barry Skolnick

Eric Evans

Nancy Gofman

Andrew Penson

Jacques Brand

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/24/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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