Mechon Hadar

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

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Location: 25 Broadway Suite 1700 New York NY 10004 USA

Mission: Mechon Hadar is an institute that empowers young Jews to build vibrant Jewish communities through: Yeshivat Hadar: the first full-time egalitarian yeshiva in North America The Minyan Project: resources, networking, and consulting for more than 50 independent minyanim worldwide. To learn more about our work please visit our website: www.mechonhadar.org.
Results: Mechon Hadar is uniquely suited to successfully achieve its mission. The staff of Mechon Hadar has experienced inordinate success in attracting young people to programming centered on prayer, study and social action. In its third full year of operation, Mechon Hadar has accomplished the following: • Launched the first full-time egalitarian yeshiva for lay Jews in their 20s and 30s in September, with 18 students from 3 countries.  Additionally, we achieved record enrollment in Yeshivat Hadar’s third summer program, with 41 summer fellows in 2009. • Received 110 applications from 47 cities and 6 countries to Yeshivat Hadar’s summer and year programs in 2009, nearly doubling the 2008 application pool. • In our student experience survey, 100% of 2009 fellows reported that the summer met or exceeded their expectations, and 88% said they saw themselves as more active contributors to the Jewish community upon completion of our program. • Organized 4-day National independent minyan conference – including scholarly forum at Brandeis University – attracting 180 people from 32 minyanim and major Jewish institutions and representing close to 14,000 minyan constituents. • Consulted to dozens of independent minyanim and synagogues on issues of strategy, efficiency and execution, reaching more than 15,000 Jews. • Upgraded mechonhadar.org website with more than 140 minyan content resources as well as blogs on policy challenges facing minyanim. • Our 94 Yeshivat Hadar alumni have engaged more thousands of your Jews nationwide through their alumni projects. • Received Press coverage in The New York Times, US News and World Report, New Haven Register, The Forward, The Jewish Week, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, JTA, Washington Jewish Week, Rockland Jewish Reporter, New Jersey Jewish News, The Jewish Ledger, The Jewish Voice & Herald, and Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. • Selected for Slingshot 09-10: Top 50 Innovative Jewish Organizations. Mechon Hadar has been selected every year since its inception. • Mechon Hadar leadership named to Newsweek Top 50 Rabbis, Forward 50 and Jewish Week “36 Under 36” in 2008 and 2009.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have attended several classes offered through Yeshivat Hadar (not on a full-time basis like the fellows, but in the evenings). The teachers are all inspiring, brilliant and engaging, and in my conversations with the full-time fellows I have been very impressed with their enthusiasm for the program. I have also taken advantage of the website resources of Mechon Hadar including resources to build a minyan and podcasts to learn when I cannot make it to classes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reminding me of the importance of learning and spiritual growth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic, smart, and innovative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save Judaism!

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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Mechon Hadar is the most thoughtful and dynamic Jewish organization I have ever been involved with. My experience as a student at Yeshivat Hadar was transformational. The community I forged and the students I studied with were exceptional and the Torah that I was taught was powerful, personally persuasive, and very rigorous. As a leader of a minyan involved with the minyan project, Mechon Hadar has been a consistent resource and support for us. Mechon Hadar has a clear vision for a revived American Jewish community which drives it to inspire, support, and lead.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own Jewish literacy, and in my ability to build and lead a Jewish prayer community in Jerusalem.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them their own space.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commitment and passion of it's leaders. They really mean it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, passionate, kind, incredible scholars.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create a beautiful space to house the yeshiva and the mechon. Hire more staff so that Elie Kaunfer could sleep more.

Ways to make it better...

it could have been longer!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how to grow and mature past it's big debut.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization gives me hope for a dynamic Jewish community centered around Jewish content, which holds Jews not through guilt or fear but rather because they are actually presenting a vibrant way of living a Jewishly centered life.

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About every six months

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2009-9-01

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Mechon Hadar is one of the most exciting and inspiring Jewish organzations in the world. Over and over, they provide and facilitate inspring, authentic, empowering, and transformative Jewish experiences, through meaningful prayer and text study. They combine modern, egalitarian sensibilities and traditional Jewish practices. As someone who does not fully feel at home in any denominational setting, Mechon Hadar provides a spiritual home for me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

various settings - prayer and study

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the burning passion of the teachers and leaders to honor both Jewish tradition and egalitarianism

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, intelligent, heart-felt, and real.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform Jewish life around the world.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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I spent this past summer at Yeshivat Hadar, and I can honestly say it's the first Jewish learning experience that seemed to truly fit me and my needs. The eight weeks were a gift- it was amazing to be both intellectually and spiritually engaged, and to be in a place where those two spheres informed one another rather than staying separate. Hadar equipped me and the other participants with tools, text-based and otherwise, to truly make an impact upon returning to our communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my return to my Jewish community in Middlebury, VT. I am leading a weekly Jewish Philosophy discussion group and hopefully building a Jewish community more engaged in both study and social justice at the college I attend.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give so many more people an opportunity to experience deep, traditional Judaism without compromising modern, critical thinking.

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One time

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2009-8-01

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I have found everything that Mechon Hadar does to be done with extraordinary thoughtfulness and attentiveness to detail, and the integrity of the institution and the people who run it is apparent in much of what they do. Mechon Hadar efficiently and expertly provided incredibly helpful advice to my minyan. Elie gave as much time as we needed. He listened to fully understand our unique circumstances and the makeup of our organization, and fit his advice to our specific questions. He gave us a range of suggestions on any given question we had. We also attended a conference run by Mechon Hadar. Like the personal advice Hadar gave us, the conference was run in a way that was extremely attentive to detail, and ran efficiently. From the way the conference was run alone, I learned a lot about management. But the content contributed a lot as well. The range of topics covered was large, follow up has been wonderful, and I felt that, like everything I have seen Mechon Hadar do, it was a very successful operation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several ways, but they've modeled how to run things well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their care and commitment to all they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, thoughtful,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to change the face of Jewry in a really open and positive direction.

Ways to make it better...

I had ever more interactions with them.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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Mechon Hadar is an exceptional organization in so many ways. Few others are able to combine such substance and sense of mission, with congeniality and efficiency. Not a moment is wasted at any Hadar event, and it's always exciting to be a part of their world--and see where they are going and pushing the Jewish people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Educating people from a variety of backgrounds and providing effective platforms to discuss hard topics.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The depth and substance behind every program and decision.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Brilliant and approachable; thoughtful and open; educated and always willing to learn more.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more of the amazing things it's doing--on a wider scale (around the continent!).

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2009-8-01

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I am so glad that a place like Hadar exists in the Jewish world and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to become involved. Hadar’s commitment to egalitarianism and halacha has meant that I don’t feel I need to compromise on my core moral values to lead a religious life, or vice versa. Hadar is an open environment in the best senses of the word, a place where religion is taken seriously, but faculty and learners are encouraged to be intellectually honest.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my religious life, and the way I look at and value Judaism.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience of learning Jewish texts in depth, meeting the other fellows, and hearing their stories.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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Mechon Hadar is a committed and energetic organization facilitates Jewish learning and prayer, while inspiring people to engage with Jewish texts and traditions. I have used the resources on their website many times - mainly to listen to podcasts of their classes, some of which I had the opportunity to participate with in person as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing greater depth to the egalitarian community which supports, both by bringing in fellows and educators and be allowing them (as current fellows and alumni) to be a resource to their communities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the services they provide and the great care with which they do so.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, warm, welcoming and dedicated to the organization and its success.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve its ability to change the culture and vibrancy of young Jewish lives and learning today. It could better execute its expansive vision for the future of Jewish learning and living, better enliven American Jewry, while appealing to world Jewry too.

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2009-10-01

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I studied at the Yeshiva of Mechon Hadar this past summer and am now studying there for the year. I love the school. It is the first time I am studying Talmud and the teachers are very engaging and they constantly study the material they are teaching us. We are constantly having meaningful discussions and the teachers are very supportive. The organization is run very well in terms of getting support and press and funding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The great community it brings together and the amazing learning it enables.

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2009-9-01

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Mechon Hadar is an amazing and energetic organization that provides incredible and thoughtful Jewish learning, facilitates beautiful and spiritual Jewish prayer, and inspires people to engage deeply with Jewish texts and traditions. I've been nothing but impressed with every Mechon Hadar event or class I've attended, and have used the fantastic resources on their website many times - to learn to lead services, to listen to podcasts of their classes and to find answers to Jewish questions. Mechon Hadar is an exciting and inspiring face of the Jewish future in North America!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outgoing, friendly, knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated!

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About every month

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2009-9-01

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