Our Mission

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.

Our Team

Rabbi Ari Koretzky ("Rabbi K")

Rabbi Ari Koretzky ("Rabbi K")

Executive Director

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, jetskiing and racquetball to his work as Executive Director. Rabbi K lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife Malka, and their four children – Meir, Rena, Shalom and Ahuva.

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein

Educational Director

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.

Mariel Goldstein

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!

Rabbi Moshe Schonbrun ("Rabbi Mo")

Rabbi Moshe Schonbrun ("Rabbi Mo")

Senior Educator

Rabbi Moshe, originally from Brooklyn, NY, spent 12 years learning in some of the most prominent Talmudic centers of the world- the Talmudic Research Center in Passaic NJ, the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Gevoah in Lakewood, NJ. He began his rabbinic career at the University of Arizona, serving as the Rabbi for JAC for 3 years. He is known for his easygoing nature, scintillating conversations and lasting relationships. When not spending time with his wife or children Yehuda, Rivka & Blima. Moshe can usually be found on a basketball court or in a coffee shop. He is thrilled to join MEOR Maryland for this next chapter!

Esti Schonbrun

Esti Schonbrun

Educator

From Spring Valley, NY, Esti Schonbrun received her master’s degree in social work from Long Island University and has worked primarily with adolescents and their families. She served for 3 years as an Educator and Guidance Counselor for students at the University of Arizona. An inspiring mentor, Esti has a reputation for her warmth, genuine nature and hospitality. She’s excited to be joining the Meor Maryland family.

Nechama Zakem

Nechama Zakem

Educator

Nechama grew up in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado. She studied for two years in Israel, and now resides with her husband and four energetic children in Silver Spring, MD, where she also teaches Jewish studies at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington. Nechama loves being part of the team at MEOR Maryland, and enjoys building relationships with the students and learning with them.