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Our Team

Meet the staff of The Meaningful Life Center.

Rabbi Simon JacobsonRABBI 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.

 

 

picyt-4RABBI 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.

 

 

Gani GoodmanGANI 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!

 

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.

 

 

Eli2ELYAHU 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.

 

velvel2VELVEL 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.

 

 

 

Chaya KurtzCHAYA 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Yisroel GlickYISROEL 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.

 

 

Batsheva3BATSHEVA 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.

 

 

Mendel JacobsonMENDEL 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.

 

 

 

namanworthPHILIP 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.