Our Team

Meet the staff of The Meaningful Life Center.

Rabbi Simon Jacobson
FOUNDER & DEAN

RABBI SIMON JACOBSON

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AUTHOR

RABBI YANKI TAUBER

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Gani Goodman
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

GANI GOODMAN

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RABBI SIMON JACOBSON

FOUNDER & DEAN

Rabbi Simon Jacobson is the author of Toward a Meaningful Life (William Morrow, 2002), founder of The Meaningful Life Center (meaningfullife.com) and publisher of the Yiddish English weekly, The Algemeiner Journal (algemeiner.com). Rabbi Jacobson has deeply impacted diverse audiences in all continents with his keen insights into the human condition, applying Torah thought to contemporary life.

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RABBI YANKI TAUBER

AUTHOR

Yanki Tauber was born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He received his rabbinical ordination in 1987, and is the author of three books and hundreds of essays on Jewish and Chassidic thought. After twenty-five years of research and writing, Rabbi Tauber has produced Inside Time, a magnificently down-to-earth look at the heavenly gift called time, elucidating the Jewish holidays and all year.

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GANI GOODMAN

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Since 2011, Gani Goodman has brought a visionary’s dreams into reality. Gani manages all of MLC’s projects and collaborations, whether it be launching a new mobile app or publishing MLC’s latest book. Gani has a B.C. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College. After working in corporate advertising for many years, she was more than happy to transition to promoting something far more inspirational – a Meaningful Life!

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

LEAH SIMON

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DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

ELYAHU SHECHTER

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OFFICE MANAGER

VELVEL FARKASH

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LEAH SIMON

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Leah is the online shop administrator for the Meaningful Life Center.  Originally from the UK, Leah has brought her extensive experience in Accounting, Quickbooks and Non Profit Management to the MLC team since July 2015. Her strong work ethic, efficiency and good communication skills are infused in all her work.

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ELYAHU SHECHTER

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

Elyahu Shechter is the Meaningful Life Center’s Director of Technology. He has been working as a computer professional for more than 15 years.
When Elyahu is not at his computer desk, you are likely to find him milking his goats, or being followed by a friendly flock of clucking hens in the Holy Land.  He plans to change the future of farming, as well as raise goats as sacrifices for the coming Third Temple.

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VELVEL FARKASH

OFFICE MANAGER

Velvel Farkash is the Meaningful Life Center’s Office Manager. He is the friendly voice on the phone when you call the MLC office, and is in charge of book sales and fulfillment. He enjoys meeting and interacting with new and old members of the MLC community.

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Chaya Kurtz
WEB EDITOR

CHAYA KURTZ

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COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

AVITAL WHITE

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Yisroel Glick
RESEARCHER

YISROEL GLICK

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CHAYA KURTZ

WEB EDITOR

Chaya Kurtz is the Web Editor and a staff writer at The Meaningful Life Center. Prior to joining The Meaningful Life Center in 2013, Chaya was the Content Manager at Networx.com and Hometalk.com. Chaya also previously worked as an editor at the global ad firm Digitas. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004.

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AVITAL WHITE

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Avital White is the Communications Associate for the Meaningful Life Center. Originally from California, she received a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of California, SC. With excitement she joined the MLC team in 2018. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and children.

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YISROEL GLICK

RESEARCHER

Before joining the team at MLC in late 2013, Yisroel traveled across the US serving the needs of Jews living in regional communities with limited spiritual infrastructure after receiving his degree in biomedical science and his rabbinic ordination. He believes in the power of information and is committed to providing it in a way that enables people around the world to empower themselves.

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SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

BATSHEVA LUBIN

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Mendel Jacobson
WRITER-AT-LARGE

MENDEL JACOBSON

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CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY INSTRUCTOR

PHILIP NAMANWORTH

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BATSHEVA LUBIN

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Batsheva joined the Meaningful Life Center in 2003 with a background in publishing and print design. At work, Batsheva brings together her talent, passion and skills to create work that delights the eye, engages the mind, and rewards the viewer’s interest. Batsheva holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She lives in Boston with her husband and 4 children.

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MENDEL JACOBSON

WRITER-AT-LARGE

Mendel’s license to quill has helped various entities articulate their innermost thoughts with outermost impact. Mendel believes that being at a loss for words is the first step to finding the perfect ones.

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PHILIP NAMANWORTH

CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY INSTRUCTOR

Phillip Namanworth is a long time student of Rabbi Simon Jacobson and staff member of The Meaningful Life Center. He is a musician, songwriter. In his original style, he combines heaven and earth, fusing the ancient wisdom of the sages with the rhythm and blues of the soul.

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Director of Development

Ronni Rabin

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social media director and video editor

Shlomit Guigue

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Ronni Rabin

Director of Development

Ronni Rabin is Director of Development for the MLC. Ronni applies her background in sales, creating strategic partnerships and fundraising to support programs and new ventures. She currently lives in New Haven, CT with her 12 year old labradoodle, Talya who loves all things Jewish!

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Shlomit Guigue

social media director and video editor

Shlomit Guigue joined the team in 2019, putting her creativity to use as the social media director and video editor. Her skillset proves effective as The Meaningful Life Center continues its explosive growth on all platforms.

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