Rabbi Mordechai Bar-Or


Rabbi Mordechai Bar-Or is the founder and director of Kolot, a study center aiming to educate an Israeli leadership that will advance Jewish values and create a meaningful Jewish mission for Israel. Bar-Or founded Kolot in 1997, after the assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. He serves as the government adviser for Jewish values and leads a new Jewish values initiative headed by President Shimon Peres. Rabbi Bar-Or was born in the US; brought up in Jerusalem and fought in the First Lebanon War. He was ordained by Chief Rabbi Goren in 1984, and in 1997 received the Avi Chai prize for his work in establishing and directing Elul, the first pluralistic Beit Midrash in Israel