Mission, Vision, History

Our mission is to Inspire people to live more thoughtful, spiritual, and impactful lives through learning and sharing timeless Jewish wisdom.

OUR

Aish’s vision for the next 10 years is to create a culture of Jewish learning, with three million Jews around the globe learning, incorporating, and sharing timeless Jewish wisdom and values.

History

In 1974, after meeting five backpackers at the Western Wall, Rav Noach Weinberg founded Aish HaTorah (The Fire of Torah), a Jewish education center in the Old City of Jerusalem. His goal was simple, but bold: train students to take responsibility to inspire the Jewish people and change the world. Within a few years, these very students went around the world opening Aish branches and campus centers across North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and Africa, as well as innovative programs such as Aish.com, Discovery Seminars, Hasbara Fellowships, and Project Inspire. While the teachings of Rav Noach still reverberate through the walls of the Aish World Center in Jerusalem, today, Aish represents an expansive movement that reaches one million people annually and carries forward the legacy of sharing the eternal wisdom of the Torah with Jews around the world.

AISH TIMELINE

1974
Aish Jerusalem founded with 6 students
1975
First Aish book published, “Simanim on Bereshit”
1978
Aish Audio Center established
1979
First Aish branch (outside of Jerusalem) opened in St. Louis
1980
Aish Tel Aviv branch opened
1980
Yeshiva moved into Jerusalem Old City building
1981
First Aish cassette tape sold (48 Ways)
1982
E.Y.A.H.T. - Aish’s school for women in Jerusalem founded
1985
Jerusalem Fellowships for North American College Students founded
1986
Discovery Seminar started in Israel
1992
Shabbat Shalom Fax started by R’ Kalman Packouz
1995
Aish World Center construction started
1998
Speed Dating invented by Aish LA’s Rabbi Yaccov Deyo
2000
Aish.com launched
2001
Hasbara Fellowships founded
2006
Project Inspire founded
2009
Rav Noach Weinberg, zt”l, passed away
2009
Aish World Center dedicated and opened
2015
Rabbi Burg appointed as CEO
2019
Rav Yitzchak Berkovits appointed Rosh Yeshiva
2020
AishVision2030 launched

Core Values, Beliefs & Principles