Machon Meir is a Center for Jewish Studies that is located in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel in the neighborhood of Kiryat Moshe. It was established by Rabbi Dov Bigon shortly after the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Rabbi Bigon was a commander in the Israeli Defense Force that helped liberate Jerusalem and the Western Wall from the Jordanian Legion. After the war he began to contemplate the meaning of the Jewish Nation and decided to enroll himself in the Merkaz HaRav Kook Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Machon Meir for over the last 35 years has been a place for all of Am Yisrael to come and learn more about their Jewish roots. It is a place to get a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of the Nation of Israel and the importance of living in the Land of Israel. Since its inception it has grown to become more than just a center for Jewish learning. It now has expanded into a facility that has over 500 students with classes in Hebrew, English, Russian, French and Spanish. Its main student body is made up of Israelis, which is great for the student from abroad to be able to get a first hand feel of what the Israeli Religious culture is like. It also has thousands of Alumni who frequently visit Machon Meir and stay in personal contact with their Rabbis.
It has also opened up a Religious Zionist seminary for women speakers of Hebrew, Spanish and Russian called Machon Ora. If you would like to visit their website go to http://mora.machonmeir.net/heb/
Machon Meir has also created a place to distribute Torah worldwide through Video and Audio called Arutz Meir. Arutz Meir has archived over 25,000 classes which are constantly being updated and viewed daily throughout the world in English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Hebrew.
Arutz Meir also has an acting studio where they are distributing weekly episodes of the famous Israeli kids show "Asi & Tuvia". Asi & Tuvia now has certain episodes dubbed into English. If you would like to visit their website go to http://www.meirkids.com/
Machon Meir also is very unique in offering an authentic, Torah conversion program for people who are serious, diligent, and commited to becoming members of Am Yisrael. If you would like to visit their website go to http://giur.machonmeir.net/ The website is in Hebrew, so if you would like to translate it please go to Google Translate which will put it into the appropriate language.
Machon Meir is also the only place in Jerusalem which offers Kosher, Torani Ulpan classes for men only to learn Hebrew. These classes take place during the afternoon hours Sunday-Wednesday. If you would like to visit their website go to http://www.ulpan-ivrit.co.il/
Machon Meir has become known throughout Israel as the place to go to learn more and grow as a Jewish person and member of Am Yisrael. It has also become the landing point for many new immigrants from all the countries in the Diaspora because of its value on full integration into Israeli society and the encouragement to be a part of the Israeli Defense Force.
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