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Jews You Should Know

Jul 2, 2018


A product of mainstream Jewish schools on New York's Lower East Side, Marvin Hier was an unlikely candidate to launch a global movement memorializing the Holocaust and combating anti-Semitism. But after a promising career in synagogue rabbinics and high school education, an empty building and a call from Frank Sinatra changed it all.

Hear Rabbi Hier's riveting tale of growth and passion: from his charming New York childhood, to his pulpit in Vancouver, and ultimately to the gilded streets of Hollywood, where his impact blossomed. Whether delivering an invocation at the Trump inauguration, to attending the Israeli Embassy dedication in Jerusalem, to building a massive new museum center in the Holy City, Rabbi Hier has remained busy building a better world and ensuring the flourishing of the Jewish people and oppressed peoples the world over.



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.