MOST Program


MOST_img1Have you ever wondered if there is more to life? Do you have deep questions that demand deep answers? Do you want to bring out the best in yourself and others?

We invite you to apply for our new Merle Orren Scholars Transformation (MOST) Program and launch yourself on a path of meaning and purpose, a path that will help you get the MOST out of life. Through this program you will transform lives – your own and others’ – through the power of Torah.

Recipients of this honor will be given the opportunity to take a week or two away from their daily lives in order to probe the important questions of life, immerse themselves in Jewish wisdom, and return home infused with a new spirit that will enhance their lives and enrich our community.

Specifically, each Merle Orren scholar will attend a program of immersive Jewish study that he/she has selected from a list of a half-dozen or so programs. These programs are retreats that last one or two weeks and take place in various locales at different times of the year, primarily during the summer. At each of them, participants study Jewish texts with gifted teachers, engage in daily prayer in egalitarian settings, and interact with Jews from around the country.

Each year a committee composed of our rabbis and lay leaders from the Temple will select several Merle Orren scholars. Each scholar will receive a scholarship covering tuition costs and other expenses, up to a maximum of $1800 for his/her preferred immersion program.


EVERY member of Temple Emanuel is eligible for the MOST program and
is strongly encouraged to apply.

Whether you have little or substantial Judaica background, whether you are active or not very active at Temple Emanuel, you will benefit enormously from the opportunity to study in one of the immersion programs of your choice. The study options differ in content, style, location, and date.

  1. Learn more about Merle Orren and the motivation behind the MOST Program
  2. Select one of the MOST Immersion Programs
  3. Apply no later than March 1, 2017

Questions? Please contact Rabbi Michelle Robinson


Donations to the Merle Orren Scholars Transformation (MOST) Program are gratefully appreciated. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, visit our Synagogue Gift Funds webpage or contact the synagogue office at 617-558-8100.

We are pleased to announce the awardees of MOST Scholars and their chosen immersion programs. Their study of Torah and Jewish tradition will transform their lives, and this new learning and spirit also will enrich the Temple Emanuel community.  Mazel Tov to all our scholars!

Recent MOST Scholars

Ira Adelman – Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (2016)
Ruth Cope – Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (2015)
Cynthia Levinson – Mechon Hadar, New York City, NY (2015)
Malka Mysels – Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (2015)
Marty Paley – Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (2015)
Maida Rubin – Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (2016)
Jamie Stolper – Torah Yoga, Falls Village, CT (2015)
Judy Tsafrir – Torah Yoga, Falls Village, CT (2015)
Marla Wiener – Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem (2016)
Janet Marie Wilson – Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (2015)