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Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Ph. D.

Rabbi Finley is Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Rabbi of Ohr HaTorah.

He received his doctorate in Religion-Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.

In addition to his work at Ohr HaTorah, he serves as a professor at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California Campus, where he has taught Liturgy, Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality, and Professional Skills. He is married to Meirav Finley , also Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Ohr HaTorah, and is the father of two sons, Levi Yitzchak and Kayitz, and two daughters, Shulamit and Avigayil. 

Rebbetzin Meirav Finley

Meirav Shevah Finley is Co-Founder of Ohr HaTorah Congregation and serves as Executive and Educational Director.

Born and raised in Eilat, Israel, she served in the Israeli Air Force. She then went on to study English Literature at Hebrew University and Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. After moving to LA in 1984, Meirav worked as a teacher at Heschel Day School, LA Hebrew High and Union Hebrew High. She dministered an adult education program at Stephen S. Wise Temple.

Rabbi Finley and Meirav started The Learning Circle and managed the Mountain Top Minyan and Children's Program. Meirav and Rabbi Mordecai Finley are the parents of two sons, Lev and Kayitz, and two daughters, Shulamit and Avigayil

Rabbinic Intern Yeshaia Blakeney

Yeshaia Blakeney is a philosopher and a dreamer, always looking to the stars, whose teaching is rooted in the quest for pragmatic truths about existence and living. His uncontrived spirituality is the result of reading, learning, listening, participating, counseling, dancing, singing, teaching and mystical leanings.  Yeshaia is currently enrolled in Rabbinical School at AJRCA, pursuing a Masters in Rabbinics. As a student of Rabbi Finley, he was immediately drawn to his wisdom, his intellect and his willingness to engage in conversation. He knew from his very first class with Rabbi Finley that he wanted to study closely with him as often as possible.

Yeshaia is the co-founder of Recover Integrity Treatment Program and an addictions expert with 12 yrs experience working in treatment. Receiving his addictions counseling education at UCLA, he then received his BA from Antioch University. Specializing in spiritual counseling, philosophy of addiction, group facilitation and addiction education, Yeshaia's experience, knowledge and know-how is unique in the field of drug and alcohol treatment.  

A creative soul, Yeshaia is also a writer, producer and rapper of hip-hop soul music and is currently working on the most ambitious movie trilogy script in the history of this rotation of the his spare time.

Tue, October 26 2021 20 Cheshvan 5782