MEOR Maryland is a campus-based organization dedicated to extending Jewish learning opportunities to the broadest spectrum of Jewish students at the University of Maryland, College Park. Through timely classes, lively discussions, transformative trips and other programming, our goal is to inspire a life-long love affair with Jewish learning and living.
Rabbi Ari Koretzky ("Rabbi K")
Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, “Rabbi K” made his way to College Park via stops Israel, Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Masters in Creative Nonfiction Writing. Rabbi K brings his passion for Judaism, podcasting (check out “Jews You Should Know“!), piano and racquetball to his work as Executive Director. Currently, Rabbi K lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife Malka, and their four children – Meir, Rena, Shalom and Ahuva.
Devora Jaye ("DJ")
Devora (DJ) was born in Potomac, MD and has since lived in New York, Connecticut, Atlanta, Baltimore and, currently, Silver Spring, working in and enhancing the Jewish communities at each stop along the way. DJ spent 15 years working with teenagers and young adults. In her current role as Associate Director at MEOR Maryland, DJ is critically involved in leading Israel trips, recruitment, programming, women’s events, public relations, graphic design and many other facets of the organization. She is also a published writer, expert texter, and professional brownie maker.
Rabbi Zalman Goldstein
Rabbi Zalman is the only member of the MEOR team who born and raised in New York. Adding insult to injury, Rabbi Zalman eventually left the Big Apple to attend Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (a handy euphemism for a Duke alumnus displaced in a hostile College Park). In those green Methodist pastures, Zalman discovered his strong passion for Judaism, and has since devoted his career to learning, teaching, and living its profound messages.
Along the way, Rabbi Zalman earned an MS in Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife Mariel and their 5 (soon-to-be-6) children.
Director of Women's Education
Raised in New Jersey, Mariel developed her love and enthusiasm for Israel and Judaism at the prestigious Michlala Seminary in Jerusalem. After completing her studies there, she earned her BS in Biology at Stern College in New York City, and then a BS in Nursing at NYU.
Mariel has since worked as a pediatric nurse at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital and at Camp Simcha, a summer escape for Jewish children suffering from cancer and chronic illnesses. She also has organized, lectured, and mentored for many Jewish education initiatives. Mariel balances learning with students on campus and creating women’s programming at MEOR with being a wife to Rabbi Zalman and mother to her five (soon-to-be-six) children. She invites you to meet them around her beautiful Shabbat table!