Mechon Hadar is an educational institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service.

Founded in 2006 by Rabbis Shai Held, Elie Kaunfer, and Ethan Tucker as an institution for intense Torah study and as an advisory for congregations and minyanim looking to reinvigorate their prayer services, Mechon Hadar has since grown to include a unique array of offerings that reflect the true splendor – hadar in Hebrew – of Judaism.  Mechon Hadar offers a year-long fellowship program for Jews wanting to expand their knowledge of Torah; it teaches core Jewish values, Jewish ideas, and communal music through three centers for learning; it offers short-term seminars of Jewish leaders of all stripes, from teachers to rabbis to Hillel professionals to lay people who want to make a difference in their own communities; and much more.

Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah supported the launch of Mechon Hadar’s Center for Jewish Communal Music.