History of Aish HaTorah

In the 1970s, as the tide of Jewish assimilation began to gather steam, Rabbi Noah Weinberg saw the imperative of developing educational programs that would speak to a new generation of open-minded, seeking Jews.

His vision sparked a renaissance of Jewish life that has seen the founding of literally hundreds of Torah-based educational endeavors including Aish branches, seminars, websites, campus activities, and suburban communities. The common denominator: authentic Jewish experiences that tap into our yearnings for joy, meaning and fulfillment.

Now, 40 years later, Aish is introducing new strategic projects that foster an exciting new era of expansion and impact on the Jewish world.

Mission Statement

Aish’s mission is to urgently awaken and empower the Jewish people to end assimilation and to fulfill their destiny of Tikkun Olam (fixing the world).

Aish HaTorah is guided by core principles and values.

• Judaism is not all or nothing; it is a journey where every step counts, to be pursued according to one’s own pace and interest.

• Every Jew is worthy of profound respect, no matter their level of observance, knowledge or affiliation. We never know who is a better Jew.

• Mitzvot (commandments) are not rituals, but opportunities for personal growth, to be studied and understood.

• Torah is wisdom for living, teaching us how to maximize our potential and pleasure in life.

• Each Jew is responsible one for another. Unified, no goal is beyond our reach; splintered, almost no goal is attainable.

• We act with urgency to confront the spiritual and physical challenges facing the Jewish people.

• Through the power of free will, every individual can change the world – and each of us is responsible to get the job done.

• The Jewish people’s history and destiny are to serve as a light unto the nations. Torah ideas have civilized the world and can continue to do so, if the Jewish people continues to accept the challenge.




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