A True Partnership



Machon Yaakov was founded in 2005 by Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld (Rosh Yeshiva) and Rabbi Avraham Yitzchok Jacobs (Director, Senior Lecturer). Located in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, Machon Yaakov enjoys a reputation for excellence in developing exceptional students.


Machon Yaakov accepts 15-20 post-college/young professional students per year—many of whom come from little or no Jewish background—and gives them the experience of a lifetime. The program is designed for two years, but some, due to professional needs, stay only for one. The goal is to build healthy, inspired and motivated people—who will take their new relationship with Judaism and its ancient principles and filter it back into their modern day professional and family lives.


Today Machon Yaakov has more than 200 alumni living across the world, working in finance, medicine, law, social work, education and the arts. They not only serve as leaders in their Jewish communities, but are living role models as to what the modern Jewish man can look like—a beautiful fusion of Torah wisdom and values, yet fully immersed in the 21st Century. Our students come from North America, South America, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Germany and beyond.





After 10 years of amazing programs on MEOR’s 21 leading college campuses, MEOR has created a new and much needed division of alumni programming. Under the direction of Rabbi Shmuel Lynn—who has run MEOR’s University of Pennsylvania program since its inception—MEOR Manhattan is creating a vibrant Jewish community of young professionals through educational programs, trips and events in the heart of New York City.