Made possible through the
generous support of


Scott Perlo

Scott Perlo is Moishe House’s Rabbi and a founder of Ma'or. In addition to his work with Moishe House residents, he also serves in rabbinic capacity for Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and is a lecturer at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Scott graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and was ordained by the Ziegler School at the American Jewish University in 2008, earning the David Aronson Award for Excellence in Rabbinic Literature. He has traveled to El Salvador with the American Jewish World Service, Bethlehem and Hevron with Encounter and worked for the Professional Leaders Project, the Hillel Foundation at UCLA, Los Angeles Hebrew High, and Camp Ramah. He was a fellow at the Kollel of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and was the rabbinic intern of IKAR in West LA.

Learn to Learn with Ma'or

Text and Thought

Always wanted a way into learning Judaism? Wished to open the books on your own? Want to hone your skills, get ownership of Torah, or just peek inside? Join Scott Perlo and other Ma'or regulars as we learn Torah, Ma'or style. Ma'or is an independent, irreverent, open and warm space committed to providing a challenging and innovative Jewish learning environment. We believe that Torah belongs to the Jewish people and are committed to helping our community to reclaim our inheritance.

Friday Night Services: Traditional Egalitarian With Drumming

Jonathan Bubis, Scott Perlo

Ritual and Prayer

Sing and drum your way into Shabbat! Join us in a soulful, song-full, prayerful session. This traditional egalitarian service includes the songs and prayers of the Hebrew liturgy. This service will have mixed gender seating. Drums will be used, but stringed instruments will not be used.

Chavruta Learning With the Masters

Monica Osborne, Scott Perlo

Text and Thought

Chavruta is the traditional Jewish method of one-to-one learning. Chavruta means "friendship" or "partnership" and involves two people exploring texts together. Follow along and join in as two master educators learn in chavruta on the topic of "One." Interact, ask questions, and pick up key techniques that you can bring to Chavruta Learning sessions throughout the Conference. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Torah study is required.

Saturday Morning Services: Traditional Egalitarian

Scott Perlo, Aviva Richman

Ritual and Prayer

Participate in this traditional egalitarian service on Shabbat morning and welcome the day in song and Hebrew prayer. This service will have mixed gender seating and no musical instruments will be used.

The Innovation Ecosystem: A 21st Century Organic Jewish Community

Joshua Avedon, Yoni Gordis, Esther Kustanowitz, Naomi Less, Scott Perlo

Identity and Responsibility, Teen Approved

Over the past decade or so, the Jewish world has witnessed the emergence of a new landscape of innovative startups. These enterprises have created new entry points to Jewish life, and new ways of building Jewish community. This diverse and vibrant collective of new Jewish initiatives is evolving into an organic communal infrastructure for the Jewish community in the 21st century. This session is a tour though the diverse and vibrant ecosystem driving Jewish innovation across the globe. Meet some of the innovators and find out how their work is changing the Jewish world.

Deep Secrets of the Soul

Arts and Performance, Identity and Responsibility

The human soul is deep and complicated, paradoxical, beautiful and dark all at the same time. One teacher, Rav Kook, sang the poetry of our souls, and changed the way we understand ourselves as people, and as Jews, forever. Come learn Rav Kook's song of the soul with Scott Perlo.

Chavruta Learning

Text and Thought

Come experience chavruta -- the traditional Jewish method of one-to-one learning. Chavruta means "friendship" or "partnership" and involves two people exploring texts together. We will examine ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more centered on different topics within the theme of "One." Each day we'll cover a new topic; join for one or for all. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied texts before or not. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Bring a study partner, or we’ll find one for you.