What began as a Jewish mentorship experiment on a single university campus has quickly grown into a masterwork of Jewish engagement operating on 21 prominent college campuses across the country and beyond.
Launched in 2005, MEOR’s unique brand of Jewish leadership training, sophisticated text-based study and experiential education programming highlights the importance of Jewish values, identity and community. In just over a decade, MEOR has impacted more than 18,000 undergraduate students, encouraging them to connect with Judaism on their own terms and in their own time.
In 2016, MEOR established post-university programming to ensure that its alumni would have a familial Jewish framework for sustained growth as young professionals.
Now in its second decade, MEOR continues to ignite the Jewish flame within a new generation of young Jewish leaders who are hungry for community, continuity and connectivity.
If we expect Jewish students to be proud Jews who embrace their roots…
If we expect them to stand up to the wave of anti semitism sweeping the nation…
If we expect them to pass along the eternal flame of Judaism to the next generation…
Someone needs to surround them with friends and mentors who can strengthen their connections to their heritage.
Someone needs to bring them together to show them the power of community and unity.
Someone needs to ignite their world
Rabbi Meir Goldberg
Born and raised in NY, Rabbi Goldberg spent two years in Jerusalem and went on to receive his BA and MA in Talmudic studies from Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, before founding Meor RJX in 2004, He enjoys discussing Torah, football (as a long suffering Miami Dolphins fan, Rabbi Goldberg hopes to see a Dolphin super bowl win before he has great grandchildren) and urban culture – not necessarily in that order – with Jewish students. Rabbi Goldberg’s infamous cholent he makes every Shabbat is currently being experimented with by Elon Musk as alternative energy source. He and his wife Estie reside in Lakewood, together with their children.
Rabbi Aharon Grossman
After graduating Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah in Richmond Hill, NY, Rabbi Grossman spent three years studying and teaching Judaism in Jerusalem. Returning to the US in 2003, he continued his studies for several more years in Beth Medrash Govoha, earning a leadership fellowship during his time there. Rabbi Grossman has given popular classes on authentic Jewish values and culture at various sites throughout New Jersey, and co-directs a yearly Jewish studies seminar in Santa Cruz, CA. He loves hiking, cross-country skiing, and sharing Shabbos meals with students and friends.
Rabbi Mitchell Jadidi
Serving as a dynamic educator for Meor RJX, Rabbi Jadidi brings his relationship-driven, growth-oriented message to the Rutgers community.
A native of Southern California, Rabbi Jadidi received his Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego and his legal degree from the NYU School of Law in Manhattan, New York.
His rise-and-shine, early-morning character development series has been the forum for hundreds of hours of engaging conversation centered on intellectual, emotional and social growth viewed through the timeless lens of Torah Judaism. One-on-one sessions with his students begin an organic process of open debate, heartfelt introspection and mutual growth, which serve as a springboard for developing a more tailored relationship of encouragement and guidance.
Rabbi Jadidi, along with his wife Chedva, and their two children Yosef Shlomo and Gila, wholeheartedly look forward to sharing their love for Torah, Jews and Israel at their Shabbat table and on numerous domestic and international trips that they lead.
Rabbi Shlomo and Rebbetzin Yehudis Cohen
Rabbi Shlomo hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He earned his Rabbinic ordination at the Jerusalem Kollel from Rabbi Yitzchok Berkovitz.
As someone who has visited 15 different countries, Rabbi Shlomo is an avid hiker and traveler and also a good tennis match. He spent over 6 months volunteering in Belarus and really misses speaking Russian.
Rabbi Shlomo’s enthusiastic personality attracts people to what he really loves; Life and learning.
Born and raised a Brooklyn girl, Yehudis married Rabbi Shlomo in 2013 and they together moved to Jerusalem, Israel where she worked in the Crowe Horath accounting firm. Yehudis and Shlomo have three beautiful children together.
Yehudis loves to learn one on one with girls while always being there for anyone with her listening ear. Thanks to her great cooking skills, their Shabbat table is sure to be a great meal and great time.
Rebbetzin Sarah London
Hi! My name is Sarah London and I am super stoked to be working with Rutgers Jewish Xperience. I’m from Long Beach, CA (home of Snoop Dog and Sublime) and currently live in Highland Park, NJ with my amazing husband, Aaron (Rutgers and RJX alum) and my yummy shmooshy one year old daughter, Hadassah. I am a traveler, hold a season pass to Six Flags, amateur cook, and professional dating coach. If you have any questions about dating and relationships send them my way! I have absolutely loved getting to know students during fellowships, coffee dates, and of course, around our Shabbat table. I am SO SO SO incredibly excited to begin IN PERSON programs, classes, and trips this year. Tons of opportunity to come! If we haven’t met yet, please reach out! Don’t be shy. I’d love to treat you to coffee.