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Rabbi Benjy Bar-Lev
Rabbi Benjy Bar-Lev (above, left) joined the rabbinic staff of Temple Beth Shalom in the summer of 2008.
He serves as a Rabbi and the Director ofEducation for our congregation.
Rabbi Bar-Lev says of TBS that, "our creative possibilities here are endless.
Temple Beth Shalom
is a warm, inclusive and truly dynamic place.
I'm very blessed to have found TBS
, my congregational soul-mate!
"Rabbi B" (as he
is known at Beth Shalom) was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisc.
went to college at a small university in Kenosha, Wisc., called the University of Wisconsin-Parkside
college years, he
began working as a religious school teacher, a Hebrew teacher, Youth Director, a song-leader, and finally as Rabbinic Intern at a small synagogue in Kenosha called Beth Hillel Temple.
is also a life-long Jewish camper, and for the past 16 summers has been a camper, counselor, program director, unit leader, administrator, and Camp Rabbi of a JCC camp called "Interlaken" in the North Woods of Wisconsin.
He also serves on faculty each summer at our local URJ residential camp, Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI).
During Rabbinical School in Cincinnati, Rabbi B became the Youth Director at Temple Sholom, a job he had for four years.
During his first two years in Cincinnati he also worked as Coordinator of Yeshivat Noar, a 7th and 8th grade program that combines junior youth group with formal Religious School classes.
taught, coordinated, and wrote curriculum for that program.
During those first years he also began teaching in the Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School and wrote lesson plans and curricula for classes there as well.
Just prior to joining the Beth Shalom family, Rabbi Bar-Lev served as Rabbinic Intern and Youth Director for Temple Sholom in Cincinnati.
As rabbinic intern led services weekly, taught adult education classes, officiated many lifecycle events, ran extensive adult programming, helped innovate worship experiences, coordinated and advised young family and young adult groups, attended to pastoral care, and helped shape the religious school.
Rabbi Bar-Lev has a passion for Jewish education and loves teaching both adults and children about Jewish traditions, music, texts and ethics.
He enjoys leading Shabbat services, officiating lifecycle events, and spending time with and counseling congregants.