Born in the Big Apple, raised in Palm Beach, graduate of Duke University and NYU's Tisch Film School, Rabbi Lynn figured out early on in his career that most people are really writing and directing in Hollywood on the side in the hopes of one day becoming a Rabbi. He's one of the few who made it. Irony of all ironies, he once refused to even apply to Penn because it was too Jewish. Five years in Hollywood led Rabbi Lynn to the epiphany that what you see in the world and what the world wants you to see are sets on a stage and behind it lies a surprise much grander than the Wizard of Oz. A short hiatus (sabbatical in other cultures) in Jerusaelm led to a longer one, and yet again to an even longer one, culminating in his engagement and marriage to Ruthi (see below).
Sometime between the Chuppah and Naftali's first steps (born in the Rosey maternity ward in Cambridge where mommy was putting the finishing touches on a lucrative degree), Rabbi Lynn got his big break and changed careers, heading straight back to Jerusalem for a reciprocal five years of Torah study and rabbinical training. Four kids later, he landed in Philly (stranded, more like it) and made the most of it. He may not so readily admit it, but he loves what he's doing and where's he's doing it.
Born in rural Kings Langley, a small village on the outskirts of metropolitan London, Rabbi Yoni Spinka attended the unique Rudolf Steiner School of Education, which integrated academic subjects with Fine Arts and Dance. Fed up with milking cows, he eventually migrated to London. Having received prestigious offers from several of the top universities in England, Rabbi Spinka deferred his placement in order to spend some time studying his Jewish Heritage in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Awestruck by the brilliance and depth of traditional Jewish texts, Rabbi Spinka found his first calling as a student and budding scholar, while simultaneously teaching the very wisdom that had so inspired him on a number of campuses across Israel including Hertzalia and Hebrew University. Recently, the phone rang again, this time it was Meor Penn, with an offer he just couldn't hang up on. (The cords all connected). Though his appearance may suggest him to be a Rabbi, underneath the rabbinic garb he wears a red coat, which you might have spotted from the accent. When you're not schmoozing with him at Starbucks you'll find him playing football (he means soccer) or guitar (come join!). Together with his wife Devora and two adorable kids Shua and Tehillah, Rabbi Spinka is jumping up and down in excitement to be part of the Meor family (ahem, in an English way, of course).
Philadelphia is a big city if you’re from Wyoming, Ohio. Rick grew up in this peculiarly-named suburb of Cincinnati and was raised on golf and Rock & Roll. Having played keyboards and drums in his father’s Oldies band since before his Bar Mitzvah, he knows just about every song from 1955-1971.
MEOR Penn is a homecoming of sorts for Rick who earned his degree here in 2007 from the Wharton School of Business. A lover of the performing arts, Rick minored in music at Penn and produced and hosted The Other Rick Fox Show for UTV, an attempt at the comedic stylings of Johnny Carson, Mel Brooks and Groucho Marx. He is a re-founding father and former president of Sammy (ΣΑΜ) and loves to play billiards.
After graduation, Rick went on to Manhattan as a Brand Strategist for CBX.com and moonlighted in the East Village on Hammond organ as a member of the Bob Dylan revivalist group, Irv Irving. A well-timed sabbatical sent him to Jerusalem where he resided for 5 years studying Torah, Talmud, Jewish philosophy and ethics. While in Jerusalem, Rick met his now wife, Rivkah, when he was giving her brother piano lessons. Together they have two children and enjoy sharing their mutual admiration for Steely Dan with anyone who wants to be hip.
Originally from Chicago, Rachel moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Political Science. After graduation, Rachel pursued acting until she found that it no longer fit her lifestyle and instead transitioned to the role of Associate at PuderPR. While working there she attended a dating event at the Brownstone and although she didn’t find a husband (don’t worry she’s engaged now!) she found her next job. For the past year she has been working as the Director of Operations at the Brownstone in NYC. Rachel is now excited to join her fiancée in Philadelphia and join the MEOR team at Penn. When she isn’t at work Rachel loves to cook up a storm. Her banana bread and quiche are not to be forgotten. She also loves to stay fit and would love for you to join her for a fitness class…if you can keep up!