Our Mission

The Meaningful Life Center (MLC) is a spiritual health center that empowers you to find meaning in everything you do, and discover your personal mission in life. Through a wide variety of live and published programming, videos, webcasts, podcasts, articles and personally customized counseling and materials, the MLC offers you empowering and potent life skills that improve every aspect of your life. From love and relationships to work and finance, from fear and anxiety to joy and celebration, from birth to death all life cycles in between, you can look forward to an exhilarating journey, which will both stimulate and provoke you to actualize your enormous potential and reach unprecedented heights.

The Meaningful Life Center is built on the belief that life is precious and that every individual has a unique and indispensable contribution to make. Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: Alas for those that never sing but die with all their music in them. The MLC is dedicated to assuring that you find and sing your special song.

We extend an invitation for learning and growing to everyone! Come, explore, and discover how to live a truly happy and amazing life… living up to your highest potential.

Our People

founder and dean

Rabbi Simon Jacobson


Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator, mentor to thousands. He is the author of the best-selling book “Toward a Meaningful Life,” a William Morrow publication that has sold over 400,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech, and Georgian.

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Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator, mentor to thousands. He is the author of the best-selling book “Toward a Meaningful Life,” a William Morrow publication that has sold over 400,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech, and Georgian.

Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual through a wide variety of live and online programming, presenting the universal teachings of Torah as a blueprint for life to people of all backgrounds. With his keen insight into the human condition, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction, especially in difficult times. Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people’s hearts and souls.

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Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual through a wide variety of live and online programming, presenting the universal teachings of Torah as a blueprint for life to people of all backgrounds. With his keen insight into the human condition, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction, especially in difficult times. Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people’s hearts and souls.

Chief Operating Officer

Matisyahu Friedman


In his role at MLC, Matisyahu blends his dynamic experience, advanced Jewish ...

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In his role at MLC, Matisyahu blends his dynamic experience, advanced Jewish education and Rabbinical ordination, and his global vision of changing lives through meaning. Matisyahu manages the incredible team at MLC and works to expand the impact of the critical and life-saving resources and teachings of MLC. Prior to joining MLC, Matisyahu founded a Jewish non-profit serving college students where he served as CEO for 7 years. Matisyahu is also certified as a Chaplain, a Transformational Life Coach and a Marriage and Intimacy Coach. Matisyahu and his wife live in Maryland with their 6 children.

In his role at MLC, Matisyahu blends his dynamic experience, advanced Jewish education and Rabbinical ordination, and his global vision of changing lives through meaning. Matisyahu manages the incredible team at MLC and works to expand the impact of the critical and life-saving resources and teachings of MLC. Prior to joining MLC, Matisyahu founded a Jewish non-profit serving college students where he served as CEO for 7 years. Matisyahu is also certified as a Chaplain, a Transformational Life Coach and a Marriage and Intimacy Coach. Matisyahu and his wife live in Maryland with their 6 children.

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DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Rashi Marcus


Rashi has been with The Meaningful Life Center since 2004. Originally ...

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Rashi has been with The Meaningful Life Center since 2004. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Rashi continued her education in Tzfat, Israel and now lives in California with her family. As the communications director, Rashi brings her unique approach and talents to help grow the MLC family and bring inspiration and meaning to a global audience.

Rashi has been with The Meaningful Life Center since 2004. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Rashi continued her education in Tzfat, Israel and now lives in California with her family. As the communications director, Rashi brings her unique approach and talents to help grow the MLC family and bring inspiration and meaning to a global audience.

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Batsheva Lubin


Batsheva's spiritual homecoming began with Rabbi Jacobson's book Toward a ...

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Batsheva's spiritual homecoming began with Rabbi Jacobson's book Toward a Meaningful Life. She feels incredibly lucky for having the privilege of working at the heart of the Meaningful Life Center for the last 20 years, working closely with her mentor and the rest of the incredible MLC team. Batsheva brings together her talent, passion and skills to create work that embodies the spirit and teachings of the Meaningful Life Center. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.

Batsheva's spiritual homecoming began with Rabbi Jacobson's book Toward a Meaningful Life. She feels incredibly lucky for having the privilege of working at the heart of the Meaningful Life Center for the last 20 years, working closely with her mentor and the rest of the incredible MLC team. Batsheva brings together her talent, passion and skills to create work that embodies the spirit and teachings of the Meaningful Life Center. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.

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CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Ronni Rabin


Ronni Rabin is the Chief Development Officer for the MLC. Ronni applies ...

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Ronni Rabin is the Chief Development Officer for the MLC. Ronni applies her background in business development and sales, creating strategic partnerships and fundraising to support programs and new ventures. Ronni plans to visit every state in the U.S. to meet all of you and build a vast network of people committed to living their true life. She currently lives in Connecticut, the first stop in the journey, as she works toward creating a world transformed with joy and kindness and meaning.

Ronni Rabin is the Chief Development Officer for the MLC. Ronni applies her background in business development and sales, creating strategic partnerships and fundraising to support programs and new ventures. Ronni plans to visit every state in the U.S. to meet all of you and build a vast network of people committed to living their true life. She currently lives in Connecticut, the first stop in the journey, as she works toward creating a world transformed with joy and kindness and meaning.

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CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Rachel Rodkin


Rachel Rodkin is the Communications and Customer Support ...

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Rachel Rodkin is the Communications and Customer Support Associate for the Meaningful Life Center. Rachel has a B.C. in Integrated Marketing Communications from SUNY Buffalo State. When she’s not bleaching her kitchen, she is creating meaningful moments for her three children through art, nature and sports.

Rachel Rodkin is the Communications and Customer Support Associate for the Meaningful Life Center. Rachel has a B.C. in Integrated Marketing Communications from SUNY Buffalo State. When she’s not bleaching her kitchen, she is creating meaningful moments for her three children through art, nature and sports.

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Product Specialist

Hillel Petersen


Hillel joins MLC with tremendous excitement and a unique thirst to ...

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Hillel joins MLC with tremendous excitement and a unique thirst to share Jewish teachings, driven by his discovery of them only later in his life's journey. Prior to leaving his corporate career in enterprise account management, Hillel also spent a decade working in the fields of Sound Therapy, Production, Engineering, and Film Production, before finally completing his degree in Interactive Education prior to exploring his Jewish roots in Israel. Hillel strives to infuse every part of life with focused creativity, gratitude and meaning. When he's not bringing good projects to the forefront, he's spending quality time with his wife and children at their home in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Washington State. Hillel invites all forms of communication - come and say hello!

Hillel joins MLC with tremendous excitement and a unique thirst to share Jewish teachings, driven by his discovery of them only later in his life's journey. Prior to leaving his corporate career in enterprise account management, Hillel also spent a decade working in the fields of Sound Therapy, Production, Engineering, and Film Production, before finally completing his degree in Interactive Education prior to exploring his Jewish roots in Israel. Hillel strives to infuse every part of life with focused creativity, gratitude and meaning. When he's not bringing good projects to the forefront, he's spending quality time with his wife and children at their home in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Washington State. Hillel invites all forms of communication - come and say hello!

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OFFICE MANAGER

Velvel Farkash


Velvel Farkash is the Meaningful Life Center’s Office Manager. He is the ...

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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.

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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SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Shlomit Guigue


Shlomit Guigue joined the team in 2019, putting her creativity to use ...

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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.

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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ADMINISTRATOR

Leah Simon


Leah is the online shop administrator for the Meaningful Life Center ...

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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.

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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DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

Elyahu Shechter


Elyahu Shechter is the Meaningful Life Center’s Director of Technology. He ...

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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.

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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Author

Rabbi Yanki Tauber


Yanki Tauber was born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He ...

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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.

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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WRITER-AT-LARGE

Mendel Jacobson


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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.

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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Our Ambassadors

VIP friends and passionate supporters of the Meaningful Life Center

Michal Oshman
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Michal Oshman is Head of Company Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, and Employer Branding at TikTok Europe, Middle East and Africa, and was formerly responsible for international leadership and team development at Facebook. Michal created a unique personal growth methodology based on the life-changing principles of Jewish wisdom and put it all in one book- What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? She lives with her husband and their four children in London, UK.

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Michal Oshman is Head of Company Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, and Employer Branding at TikTok Europe, Middle East and Africa, and was formerly responsible for international leadership and team development at Facebook. Michal created a unique personal growth methodology based on the life-changing principles of Jewish wisdom and put it all in one book- What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? She lives with her husband and their four children in London, UK.

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Ayelet Polter
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Ayelet Polter is an award winning medical esthetician. While helping to restore skin to a healthy condition she simultaneously acts as a soul mirror for others, helping them to see their true self, a unique and sacred soul that brings more warmth and light to others. The Meaningful Life Center has profoundly impacted her professional work, bringing her to fully appreciate the mystical fusion between matter and spirit.

Ayelet Polter is an award winning medical esthetician. While helping to restore skin to a healthy condition she simultaneously acts as a soul mirror for others, helping them to see their true self, a unique and sacred soul that brings more warmth and light to others. The Meaningful Life Center has profoundly impacted her professional work, bringing her to fully appreciate the mystical fusion between matter and spirit.

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David Schrage
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David Schrage, originally from Los Angeles, currently lives in Crown Heights. He has a bachelor's in finance and works at Morgan Stanley on a team of Financial Advisors. He is passionate about all things outdoors and seeking out ways to give back. As someone who has personally benefited from Rabbi Jacobson's insightful teachings, various classes, and one on one discussions, he is proud to join the MLC team.

David Schrage, originally from Los Angeles, currently lives in Crown Heights. He has a bachelor's in finance and works at Morgan Stanley on a team of Financial Advisors. He is passionate about all things outdoors and seeking out ways to give back. As someone who has personally benefited from Rabbi Jacobson's insightful teachings, various classes, and one on one discussions, he is proud to join the MLC team.

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Katja Wesander
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Eda Schottenstein
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After spending more than a decade searching for simple yet effective strategies for finding more balance and contentment in her everyday life, Eda has learned valuable lessons that have profoundly influenced everything she does.

Drawing from her formal studies and training in Psychology, the wisdom of leaders, friends and mentors, and of course trial and error (a.k.a. life experience) she brings these lessons to you through her lectures, workshops, blog www.MultiroleWoman.com, and her popular podcast From the Inside Out: With Rivkah and Eda.

After spending more than a decade searching for simple yet effective strategies for finding more balance and contentment in her everyday life, Eda has learned valuable lessons that have profoundly influenced everything she does.

Drawing from her formal studies and training in Psychology, the wisdom of leaders, friends and mentors, and of course trial and error (a.k.a. life experience) she brings these lessons to you through her lectures, workshops, blog www.MultiroleWoman.com, and her popular podcast From the Inside Out: With Rivkah and Eda.

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Adina Schlass
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Adina Schlass, the mind behind the instagram lifestyle account @the_chefs_wife_, is a visual storyteller, stylist, and recipe developer whose passion for finding and revealing the beauty in ordinary moments is reflected in work that spans diverse genres from luxury products, to grocery, to home and entertaining. Adina lives in Brooklyn with her children and husband Juda, the owner and creative mastermind behind much acclaimed restaurant group, Alenbi Kitchen.

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Adina Schlass, the mind behind the instagram lifestyle account @the_chefs_wife_, is a visual storyteller, stylist, and recipe developer whose passion for finding and revealing the beauty in ordinary moments is reflected in work that spans diverse genres from luxury products, to grocery, to home and entertaining. Adina lives in Brooklyn with her children and husband Juda, the owner and creative mastermind behind much acclaimed restaurant group, Alenbi Kitchen.

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R. Pinchas Allouche
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Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is an international spiritual leader, respected author of numerous literary works, and a gifted public speaker who has enlightened and inspired audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, and South Africa. Rabbi Allouche is also the founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefillah of Scottsdale, which is among the most vibrant and fastest growing synagogues in the State of Arizona.

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Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is an international spiritual leader, respected author of numerous literary works, and a gifted public speaker who has enlightened and inspired audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, and South Africa. Rabbi Allouche is also the founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefillah of Scottsdale, which is among the most vibrant and fastest growing synagogues in the State of Arizona.

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Derek Mortland
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Derek Mortland was a successful professional until a tragic motorcycle accident left him paralyzed. Following a period of rehabilitation, he discovered new fulfilling ways to strive and succeed in life. In addition to becoming an advocate for the civil rights of persons with disabilities, Derek became involved in teaching and directing various institutions until he founded his own company in 2018. Derek’s journey lead him to the Meaningful Life Center and he feels blessed to bring his gifts and talents to his role as ambassador.

Derek Mortland was a successful professional until a tragic motorcycle accident left him paralyzed. Following a period of rehabilitation, he discovered new fulfilling ways to strive and succeed in life. In addition to becoming an advocate for the civil rights of persons with disabilities, Derek became involved in teaching and directing various institutions until he founded his own company in 2018. Derek’s journey lead him to the Meaningful Life Center and he feels blessed to bring his gifts and talents to his role as ambassador.

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Sarah Zohar
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Sarah Zohar is an inspired creative with an inherent talent for fashion design and style. She attributes her journey toward finding meaning and inner fulfillment to her parents, Meir and Esther Abehsera, and the home environment where she grew up among art, literature and purpose, and forever grateful to Rabbi Simon Jacobson's book “Toward a Meaningful Life”. Sarah considers The Meaningful Life Center to be like family, wanting to pay it forward, she’s inspired to be a part of its mission.

Sarah Zohar is an inspired creative with an inherent talent for fashion design and style. She attributes her journey toward finding meaning and inner fulfillment to her parents, Meir and Esther Abehsera, and the home environment where she grew up among art, literature and purpose, and forever grateful to Rabbi Simon Jacobson's book “Toward a Meaningful Life”. Sarah considers The Meaningful Life Center to be like family, wanting to pay it forward, she’s inspired to be a part of its mission.

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Geraldine Lane
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Geraldine Lane was born in Paris, France to a Sephardic family, moving to the US when she was a teen. After college, she read Toward a Meaningful Life at a friend’s suggestion. It captivated her and helped her find herself, let go of her fears and make better decisions for her life. She considers it to be her most favorite book and is grateful to be part of the Meaningful Life Center.

Geraldine Lane was born in Paris, France to a Sephardic family, moving to the US when she was a teen. After college, she read Toward a Meaningful Life at a friend’s suggestion. It captivated her and helped her find herself, let go of her fears and make better decisions for her life. She considers it to be her most favorite book and is grateful to be part of the Meaningful Life Center.

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Taja Sevelle
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Taja Sevelle is a renowned recording artist/ songwriter who received her first record deal from the legendary, Prince. Taja is also a noted humanitarian and the founder of the 501c (3), Urban Farming, which ignited a global trend in urban agriculture and encouraged people around the world to grow their own food. Additionally, Taja is an author, speaker, and inventor.

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Taja Sevelle is a renowned recording artist/ songwriter who received her first record deal from the legendary, Prince. Taja is also a noted humanitarian and the founder of the 501c (3), Urban Farming, which ignited a global trend in urban agriculture and encouraged people around the world to grow their own food. Additionally, Taja is an author, speaker, and inventor.

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Rivkah Krinsky
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Rivkah is a certified health coach who offers guidance and expertise in holistic healthy living to clients around the globe. Through her program ‘Revive with Rivkah’, she has empowered and nurtured many people to reach their personal goals through integrating holistic living in a doable, sustainable way, making it a lifestyle.

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Rivkah is a certified health coach who offers guidance and expertise in holistic healthy living to clients around the globe. Through her program ‘Revive with Rivkah’, she has empowered and nurtured many people to reach their personal goals through integrating holistic living in a doable, sustainable way, making it a lifestyle.

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Isaac Winer
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Isaac Winer is an experienced business attorney and Jewish community leader with a deep passion for Torah, Chassidus and the Jewish people. Bridging his secular background with his love for the wisdom of Torah, Isaac has found a virtual home at the Meaningful Life Center where he explores how Torah and Chassidus reveal profound truths and insights on how to live a meaningful, G-dly life. Isaac proudly supports and advocates for the expansive programs and learning provided by MLC and its founder, Rabbi Simon Jacobson.

Isaac Winer is an experienced business attorney and Jewish community leader with a deep passion for Torah, Chassidus and the Jewish people. Bridging his secular background with his love for the wisdom of Torah, Isaac has found a virtual home at the Meaningful Life Center where he explores how Torah and Chassidus reveal profound truths and insights on how to live a meaningful, G-dly life. Isaac proudly supports and advocates for the expansive programs and learning provided by MLC and its founder, Rabbi Simon Jacobson.

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