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Sunday, December 2 at 8:15 am | Community Daily Minyan
Rabbi Herman Biography
Ben Herman is currently the Senior Rabbi at Jericho Jewish Center located in Jericho, New York where he has initiated Shabbat on the Beach, a Friday Night Live Musical Service and a Hiking and Halacha program. He has also created a Grandparents Shabbat program for the intergenerational families at the Jericho Jewish Center. He loves to teach, developing courses on Hot Topics in Contemporary Judaism, Magical Moments in Midrash and Heroes, Villians, Saints and Fools: the People of “The Book.”
A lover of traditional Judaism, Rabbi Herman grew up in a Kosher home with a close-knit family who went to synagogue every week. His Bar Mitzvah was at a traditional Conservative synagogue where he led the entire service and read 5 Aliyot of Torah. Rabbi Herman was very close to and influenced by his childhood Cantor and Rabbi. He values the importance of daily minyan and of a traditional Shabbat service.
In serving as Chaplain at Bellevue Hospital, Rabbi Herman saw the importance of building personal relationships with each person. This work was integral in serving as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Anshei Israel in Tucson, where he ran the Religious School and B’nai Mitzvah programs, building deep connections with the students and their families. He also began the young adult group YACHAD for those in their 20s and 30s. In addition, Rabbi Herman has an extensive social justice background through his work in volunteering at homeless shelters, serving as a rabbinic liaison for an inner-city Muslim organization, being part of the Black Jewish Coalition for Justice and serving as a Board Member of Humane Borders.
Rabbi Herman is an avid lover of spirituality, initiating a Reiki Torah program at the Jericho Jewish Center as well as Jewish Mindfulness Meditation. He loves finding moments to make deep, personal connections in Jewish prayer.
Rabbi Herman became a rabbi out of his interest in people, his passion for Jewish life and his desire to help Judaism blossom, flourish and grow within a community. His vision is premised on Every Member Counts and his goal is to build upon the successes of a congregation to ensure that it is a vibrant place where everyone is welcome and appreciated for who s/he is and what s/he brings to their congregational family.
As an author, Rabbi Herman has published the poem “Two Worlds” in the book Not By Might as well as two scholarly articles in Jewish academic journals. He is also a frequent contributor in the Long Island newspaper Newsday’s “Ask the Clergy” column.
A lover of Phoenix, Rabbi Herman enjoys hiking Camelback Mountain, attending Arizona Cardinals games and swimming at his parents’ pool when he visits his Arizona family. He also loves to go to Botanical Gardens, the Zoo and Family Fun Days with his wife and daughter.
Rabbi Herman and his wife Karina are parents to 2 ½-year-old daughter Ariela and are expecting their second child next month. He is excited to get to know first-hand everything that makes Beth El the vibrant, warm and welcoming place that it is.