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Alumni Spotlight: Rabbi Gershon Clymer

Rabbi Gershon Clymer Joint Conversion Institute

Livnot was a major turning point in my life.  It was the first place I experienced Jewish spirituality, walked the land of Israel from sea to sea, learned the weekly Torah portion, stayed up all night on Shavuot, bathed in a mikvah, cried on Tisha B’Av, and much more.  It was no less than my birthplace as a religious and Zionist Jew. After two sessions in Livnot, I made my way to yeshiva, where I stayed on for six years, joining a kollel and marrying an Israeli on the way.  I proudly invited Aharon and other Livnot staffers to our wedding and my rabbinical ordination, since they were my first mentors on my new path. After three years in a Zionist Kollel in Greater Washington, we moved back to Israel, and for the last six years I have worked here for the Joint Institute for Jewish Studies supervising conversion classes for new immigrants to Israel.  As a Livnot graduate, it is natural for me to reach out to others, and help them to complete their personal and spiritual integration into the Jewish people. Rabbi Gershon Clymer Orthodox Joint Conversion Institute Modi’in, Israel

Meir Paltiel
Meir Paltiel
meir@livnot.com

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Meir received his BA in American History and Political Science from Tulane University and his MS in Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He arrived in Israel in 1992, served in the Nahal Infantry Unit before moving to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. On Kibbutz, Meir was Assistant Manager of the... Read More