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Jews You Should Know

Aug 27, 2017

Lori Palatnik has spent three decades in service of Jewish communities around North America and the world. Her most recent and most ambitious enterprise - the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, often dubbed "Birthright for moms" - has revolutionized the Jewish adult education world, opening up opportunities to women (and now their husbands), and by extension their entire families, to new vistas of Jewish learning and experience.

JWRP's unique recipe comes in the form of partnerships with countless existing Jewish organizations - often several in a single city - including outreach programs, Federations and others.

Lori shares with us her personal life story and odyssey into committed Jewish life, her professional evolution, the charming story of JWRP's genesis over a brainstorming session at a private chalet in Utah, and her dreams for its expansion in the years to come.


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 (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.