Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers had his first taste of Torah learning under Rabbi Brovender at Yeshivat Hamivtar in 1983. His Torah study continued at Yeshiva University and at Kollelim in Eretz Yisrael, where he was ordained by Rav Ya’akov Moshe Poupko, Rav Avraham Kopschitz and the late Rav Yitzchak Kolitz, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, in 1989. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg in 1983 and was certified by the Columbia School of Broadcasting in 1998. He is also a graduate of the Sha’al Educational and Rabbinic Training Program.
Hired by the Seattle Hebrew Academy in the summer of 2009, Rabbi Meyers worked to bring the Tal Am Hebrew Language heritage curriculum to the school and is the fifth grade rebbe at the school. In the summer of 2011, he also took on the position as Rabbi of the Sephardic Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood.
Among R. Ron-Ami’s credentials: While on a hiatus from formal teaching in the late 90’s and early 2000’s – he was assistant editor of the Arutz Sheva daily news service, the voice of that station’s nightly English language news broadcasts, and hosted his own weekly current events show. During the Second Intifada, R. Ron-Ami was a frequent guest on syndicated American religion and politics radio programs.
Rabbi Meyers’ most recent position in Israel was as a lecturer at Yeshivat Darche Noam and Midreshet Rachel V’chaya in Jerusalem, between 2001-2007. From 2007-2009, he was privileged to serve as Rosh Kollel of the Community Kollel of Kansas City, where he took the lead in developing a unique approach to classic Jewish learning for his colleagues and the Overland Park community as a whole. In the fall of 2008, he became a fixture on Rabbi Brovender’s Webyeshiva.org, where he delivered a fast-paced nightly Gemara shiur until the summer of 2011. The joy of disseminating Torah through online videoconferencing inspired a new WebYeshiva affiliate, www.TorahTutors.org – in 2010. for which the rabbi now serves as Director. Resistant to every attempt to label him, R. Ron-Ami has nevertheless consented to cite Rav Nebenzhal, Rav Soloveitchik and Rav Kook as his main Jewish philosophical influences.
The rabbi and his wife, Miriam, are proud parents of boys and girls, men and women, ages 5-26, and the glowing grandparents of Shani “Sunshine”, Tuvia Zissel, Yossi and Avraham Reuven. R. Ron-Ami and Miriam’s Shabbat table is legendary – from Seattle to Kansas City to Jerusalem – as a place where all Jews, irrespective of level of affiliation or observance, feel welcome.