“A chassid is a lamplighter. The lamplighter walks the streets carrying a flame at the end of a pole. He knows that the flame is not his. And he goes from lamp to lamp to set them alight.”-The Lubavitcher Rebbe
As a Jewish affinity brand, our goal is to cultivate the spark of Jewish culture into becoming the flame of repairing the world.
In fact this specific inspiration for our brand has made it possible to create something that is both an expression of authentic Jewish values and culture, operating as a means of personal individuality and creativity within the world abroad.
We do our best as lamplighters to not only awaken the yiddishkeit of every Jew but also to inspire the culture of learning Jewish as an inspiration for all people. It is this philosophy that we encourage all Yidden to do their part in creating a better world for generations to come.
LearnJewish was launched in 2018 by energetic co-founders Yosef Ortega and Elyah Michael. All donations will be handled jointly and in accordance with the resource-management and decision-making agreement in the LearnJewish business plan, and under Rabbinical supervision and the oversight of our Treasurer/Financial Advisor, based on the principles of Transparency, Accountability, Good Faith and Good Governance.
————————————————————— YOSEF combines his deep background in media production, Brand development, product development, web and graphic design, and music with over 20 years’ experience in logistics, sales, and product distribution as a business owner. Yosef has previously served as Director of Media for Jewish Outreach for an Israeli-based nonprofit organization with a presence in both Central & South America and the U.S., and established a music recording career focused on youth outreach for young adults and teens in crisis. He also brings significant experience in project management and event planning in the nonprofit sector. In addition to owning and managing a Denver-based logistics and product distribution business in the Retail Food industry, Yosef currently works with artists and musicians around the world to help them develop effective Brand concepts, Brand stories, and powerful visual materials. Yosef is co-Founder and Creative Director at LearnJewish.
—————————————————————– ELYAH is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College, where he focused his training in economics, negotiation, strategic planning, market analysis, and business development. Elyah brings previous experience in strategy consulting and competitive intelligence in the Aerospace/Defense industry, where he worked with major Aerospace firms and strategic teams in the early/competitive stages of various defense programs. Elyah also trained under industry leaders at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and brings a wellspring of experience working directly with prison inmates, addicts, and others in situations of crisis. For the past decade, he has provided independent career-transition and school admissions consulting services to clients around the world, with a significant client base in Russia and Kazakhstan. Elyah is co-Founder and Executive Director at LearnJewish, and currently serves as acting Secretary.