Nov 19, 2018
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
Growing up as a teenager in Toronto, Nechemia Coopersmith was always a truth-seeker. So when his older brother Eric went off to study in Israel, he naturally determined to learn more, and ultimately discovered a similar path, counter-cultural for its time but authentic in its fidelity to ancient roots.
The Internet era dawned as Coopersmith was in the middle of a career in Jerusalem of formal and informal education and outreach. Though completely ignorant of its inner workings, he intuited its immense potential to reach Jews worldwide on a scale and in a scope never before possible.
Educating himself, gaining the blessing of legendary Aish HaTorah founder Rabbi Noach Weinberg, assembling a small team, and securing a half-million-dollar seed grant from a Los Angeles philanthropist, Coopersmith began building what became one of the highest trafficked Jewish sites on the World Wide Web. Today Aish.com services over 1 million visitors each month, and Coopersmith harbors ambitious designs to bring this "lean and efficient" media staple to the next level.
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.
The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (www.meormd.org), a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at www.meor.org.
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