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Our Rabbis

Rabbi Yaakov Menken
Director

Rabbi Menken graduated from Princeton with a degree in Computer Science, and then attended Yeshivas Ohr Somayach Monsey, Beth Medrash Gavoha in Israel (“Lakewood East,” and briefly in Lakewood, NJ), and the Mirrer Yeshiva Jerusalem. In 1993 he founded Project Genesis in order to bring engagement with Torah and Jewish life to American college students. In addition to his work as a pioneer in Jewish Outreach on the Internet, he is co-editor of Cross-Currents, an online journal of Orthodox Jewish thought and opinion. He was also a regular contributor to the “In Good Faith” religion blog of the Baltimore Sun, and his articles have appeared in many other print and online journals. Rabbi Menken is the author of The Everything Torah Book, an introductory guide to Judaism for the unaffiliated.

Rabbi Mordechai Dixler
Program Director

Rabbi Dixler earned a Bachelors and Masters in Talmudic Law from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a Bachelor of Science in English from Towson State University. While in the advanced scholars program at Ner Israel, he assisted the previous program director, Rabbi Dr. Ari Lobel, by answering visitor questions on a volunteer basis. When Rabbi Lobel stepped down in 2004 (he is now a lecturer in the Hebrew, Biblical and Judaic studies Department of the University of Sydney), he personally recommended Rabbi Dixler to succeed him. In addition to his work with visitors to Project Genesis websites, Rabbi Dixler manages our relationships with the dozens of Rabbis and speakers answering visitor questions, as shown on JewishAnswers.org, and contributing to our audio library of Torah classes, TorahMedia.com.

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