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Jews You Should Know

Jul 23, 2018


As a young girl growing up in Rockland County, NY, and as a student at the University of Michigan, Meredith (Englander) Polsky never imagined she would one day be running a national organization advocating for and training about children with disabilities. But after a chance encounter with one special child on the first day of Camp Ramah one summer, she had a "light-bulb moment" that catalyzed a dream and a journey.

Today, Matan runs an incredible array of training programs for Jewish educators across the spectrum, helping ensure that every Jewish child finds a place in the Jewish classroom and an approach to Jewish learning that will resonate in his or her unique language.

Meredith co-founded Matan and, with a dedicated team of colleagues, drove its growth and evolution over the past two decades, resulting in an acclaimed enterprise, still the product of one young woman's irrepressible vision.



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.