About Merkaz

About Merkaz

In 2008, Merkaz Torah V’Chesed was founded as a Yeshiva Toras Chaim affiliate, bringing an authentic yeshiva learning experience to the East Denver Jewish community. With the vision of servicing Jews from all over the Denver metro area, Program Director, Rabbi Chaim Sher and Rabbinical Director, Rabbi Aver Jacobs, set out to inspire elevated Torah Learning and Torah Living.
Beginning with a fledgling handful membership over a decade ago, Merkaz participation has swelled to over 80 unique visitors on a weekly basis, many of whom return to learn several times a week. Merkaz currently offers a full roster of classes and shiurim, every day of the week, on a wide variety of topics. The vibrant and supportive Beis Medresh atmosphere, housing skilled Torah scholars and teachers, offers individuals, novices and seasoned learners alike, the opportunity of advancing their Torah learning skills and personal erudition. Whether with a one-on-one chavrusah/learning partner or in a group shiur/class, development of the Torah mind, and inspiration of the Jewish soul, happens here, at the heart of Merkaz.
Our programming includes a daily learning seder every morning and evening, Sunday through Friday, as well as a robust roster of Shabbos classes. Weekly classes for women, fantastic programming for children and young adults, inspiring Shabbatons and Annual learning events are just a sampling of what Merkaz has to offer.
We look forward to learning with you soon!

Meet Merkaz

Rabbi Chaim Sher

Rabbi Chaim Sher

Program Director

An alumnus of Beis Medrash Govoha – Lakewood, Mir Yeshiva, Yerushalayim, and a student of HaRav Chaim Epstein, Rabbi Chaim Sher is always seeking innovative ways to spread Torah to those who thirst for it. With tenacity, optimism and an indomitable spirit, Rabbi Sher continually works on the next in a long line of Torah-teaching projects. His pure intent, dedication and drive, combine to create the Merkaz edifice of success, an entirely new and unique venue for learning for the East Side Denver Jewish community.
Rabbi Aver Jacobs

Rabbi Aver Jacobs

Rabbinical Director

Born and bred on the East Side of Denver, Rabbi Aver Jacobs serves as Merkaz Torah V’Chesed’s Rabbinical Director. Having studied in Ner Yisroel, Baltimore and Mir Yeshiva, Yerushalayim, Rabbi Jacobs returned to Denver to pursue his greatest passion – teaching Torah. He works side-by-side with Rabbi Sher in charting the course for Merkaz Torah V’Chesed and implementing their shared vision of a community Beis-Medrash on the East side of Denver. Rabbi Jacobs received smicha/Rabbinical ordination from HaRav Moshe Halberstam zt”l, a member of the Jerusalem Orthodox Beis Din.

Rabbi Dovid Ribakow

Rabbi Dovid Ribakow

Project Gesher Director

Rabbi Dovid and Mrs. Ayelet Ribakow are the pioneer participants of Project Gesher. R’ Dovid, a Cleveland, OH native, is an alumnus of Yeshiva Toras Chaim. He and Ayelet, of Atlanta, GA, began their marriage living in Eretz Yisrael, fostering and strengthening their love of Judaism and joint passion of spreading Torah knowledge. Ayelet incorporates her vast knowledge as an Ed Psych, MA in the capacities of beloved Grade 4 teacher at Hillel Academy of Denver and as a facilitator of girls’ programming for Merkaz.
The Ribakow’s special brand of warmth, availability and sincerity endear them to diverse and intergenerational members of the Denver’s East Side community every day of the week.