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Ohr HaTorah was founded by Rabbi Mordecai and Meirav Finley in December 1993 with the support of a small group of families. Rabbi Mordecai and Meirav were inspired to build a shul that could attract a diverse group of congregants hoping to find both a vibrant community and a place that encouraged personal and spiritual development. Non-affiliated, and located in Mar Vista, Ohr HaTorah synagogue continues to inspire Jewish practice and celebration in many living in the LA. area. Through the years, Ohr HaTorah synagogue has earned its unique reputation through its Rabbi whose exemplary leadership, erudition, spiritual depth and teaching abilities have brought many participants. .

Rabbi Mordecai Finley, PhD. 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 teaches Liturgy, Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality, and Professional Skills. Rabbi Finley also serves on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Department of Continuing Education at the American Jewish University. He is married to Meirav Finley , 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 before studying English Literature at the Hebrew University and Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. After moving to L.A. in 1984, Meirav worked as a teacher at Heschel Day School, L.A. Hebrew High and Union Hebrew High. She administered 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.