get to know oorah A full spectrum of support for growth-oriented Jewish families.

“Warm, dedicated & knowledgeable people are the heart of Oorah.”

Founder, Director, Spiritual Leader & Advisor Rabbi Chaim Mintz

As the founder and director of Oorah, Rabbi Chaim Mintz has taught, nurtured, and guided many thousands of families and individuals over the years.
His vibrant personality as well as his warmth and compassionate nature has led him to a variety of successful leadership positions.
He currently maintains this position and has over 50 years of experience in education and community outreach. Rabbi Chaim Mintz is actively involved in all aspects of Oorah's programs and hosts an open Ask the Rabbi class weekly where anyone can ask and get answers.

    Founder

  • Rabbi Chaim Mintz
  • Executive

  • Eliyohu Mintz
    CEO
  • Rabbi Yitzchok Kornblau
    COO
  • Ben Turin
    General Counsel
  • Rabbi Yehoshua Weinstein
    President
  • Board

  • Rabbi Chaim Mintz
    Eliyohu Mintz
    Avraham Biderman
    Rabbi Tzvi (Heshy) Forster
    Elli Bohm

    Leadership

  • Rabbi Tzvi Yoffe
    Senior Kiruv Coordinator
  • Rabbi Chaim Reichman
    Kiruv Development
  • Ms. Tzipora Kahan
    Tuition Program Director
  • Ms. Aliza Perles
    Little Star Pre-School Program Director
  • Rabbi Yisroel Mayer Hoberman
    Director of TorahMates
  • Mrs. Raizelle Serebrowski
    Rebbetzins Director
  • Mrs. Shayndy Abrahamson
    Director of Events

our history

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1972

Rabbi Chaim Mintz begins Jewish Outreach

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1974

Rabbi Mintz distributes Shabbat Packages in his Staten Island community

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1975

Oorah delegations begin distributing Chanukah menorahs to Jewish families

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1980

  • Oorah distributes Sukkahs within the tri-state area
  • Oorah hosts its first Purim seudah
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1984

Oorah awards its first tuition scholarship

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1995

  • Kars4Kids is founded
  • The annual Oorah Auction kicks off its first year
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1996

  • Cucumber Communications is founded
  • The oorah.org website is launched
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2002

Oorah is endorsed by 50 Jewish leaders

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2004

  • GirlZone opens in the Poconos
  • Oorah hosts their first Shabbat with 80 Participants
  • Jewish holiday gifts are sent out
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2005

  • The TorahMates Program is launched
  • Oorah expands to 100+ Employees
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2006

  • TheZone moves to Gilboa, NY
  • The boys' division begins in Stamford, NY
  • Oorah launches programs in Canada and Israel
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2007

  • Fiveish is created
  • The Rebbetzins network for singles is launched
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2008

Oorah’s first annual Chanuka concert is held

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2009

  • The first Shmorg is released
  • Oorah hosts Sukkos for the first time
  • TorahSpot weekly classes begin with Rav Chaim Mintz
  • ChillZone begins in Brooklyn
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2010

  • TorahMates begin earning rewards for every minute learned
  • Oorah’s Little Star Preschool opens in Staten Island
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2011

  • TorahMates exceeds 1000 pairs
  • Oorah hosts Pesach for the first time
  • Shabbat with Oorah exceeds 600 Participants!
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2012

ChillZone expands to over 30 locations

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2020

  • Ask the rabbi expands to Zoom
  • The Dira opens in Lakewood, New Jersey
  • TorahMates Jewish Resources library is launched
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2021

The Junior TorahMates program is launched

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2022

Oorah begins the Kollel stipend program to help support their cherished alumni who have gone on to attend kollel

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2024

Oorah's program for students studying in yeshiva/seminary in Israel is rebranded as Shteigers

Present

  • Over 13,000 TorahMates learn weekly
  • The Rebbetzins program boasts over 1554 engagements
  • Over 65 ChillZone locations are open across the US and Canada
  • 1000+ campers attend TheZone each summer
  • Oorah awards scholarships to over 2,000 students annually,
    allowing them to attend yeshiva and day schools across the country.

Contact Us

USA Address

1805 Swarthmore Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone

Tel. 732.730.1000
Intl: 866.472.8623
Email: oorah@oorah.org