Rabbi Hershel Lutch

Aish HaTorah International


March 5, 2019

Rabbi Hershel Lutch is the Executive Director of MEOR, a prominent Jewish education organization active on over 20 leading college campuses across the United States (www.meor.org). At MEOR, Rabbi Lutch provides executive leadership and implements various programming fundraising, finance, communications, and strategic planning efforts. Hershel received his semicha (rabbinic ordination) from the Ohr LaGolah Leadership Institute in Jerusalem and from Rabbis Moshe Lazerus and Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Hershel holds an MBA and an MS in Nonprofit Management (MSM), both from the University of Maryland. Before joining MEOR in 2016, Hershel served as Chief Operating Officer (North America) of Aish HaTorah, the worldwide leader in creative Jewish education content and delivery. Before joining the leadership team of Aish, Hershel gained deep expertise in operations, finance, and management as Director of Finance and Agencies at the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and as Executive Director of two large Jewish day schools. Hershel’s passion for education and community building extends into his volunteerism. He is involved in numerous community leadership endeavors and has served as a board member of many Jewish and nonsectarian nonprofits, including: Maryland Nonpublic Schools Legislative Coalition, Children’s Scholarship Fund of Baltimore, Parke at Mt. Washington Community Association, and the Johns Hopkins University Hillel Strategic Planning Commission. Hershel is currently an officer and trustee of Magen Legal, where he works to secure affordable access to quality Jewish education for underserved populations. Hershel’s academic interests include the history and development of Halacha, organizational change management, and successful human capital strategies. He authored The History of the Chanukah Menorah, published by the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society. Hershel lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife Ariel and three wonderful children (Tzivia, Meira, and Binyamin).