Rabbi Emeritus Baruch HaLevi
Baruch HaLevi, aka "Rabbi B", grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and attended the University of Kansas where he received a B.A. degree in philosophy. Upon graduation, he spent a year working in New York City as a motivational speaker. Shortly thereafter, he decided to formally resume his spiritual and academic pursuits and moved to Israel where he began his Judaic studies, first at Livnot, and later at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. In 1997, Rabbi HaLevi entered rabbinical school at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, CA.
Rabbi HaLevi spent five years as a rabbinic intern at Ohr HaTorah synagogue in Los Angeles under the guidance of his mentor, Rabbi Mordecai Finley. In 2002, Rabbi HaLevi accepted a position Tifereth Israel, a synagogue in Des Moines, Iowa where he, along with his wife Ariela, spent four years re-invigorating and re-energizing the historic congregation. During that time, they celebrated the birth of their son Yehuda and later, their daughter Maya.
Rabbi HaLevi and his family moved to Swampscott, MA in the summer of 2006 to begin his tenure at Congregation Shirat Hayam, a newly created synagogue crafted out of the merger of two previous congregations. CHS is now a vibrant, flourishing center of Jewish community, education and spirituality and one of the fastest growing synagogues in Greater Boston.
In February, 2007 Rabbi HaLevi received his Doctoral degree in Ministry, with an emphasis in Jewish Spirituality, from the The Graduate Theological Foundation of Oxford University. This degree is the culmination of Rabbi HaLevi's continued focus upon his role as a spiritual guide in the lives of anyone who seeks out his guidance.
Rabbi B is a passoniate writer maintaining an active website www.RabbiB.com and co-author of his first book, Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community (Jewish Lights Publishing 2012). In addition he is an avid practitioner of yoga, mysticism, meditation and is currently the spiritual consultant for a new start up company called "Zuzzim"- the goal of which is to make Judaism affordable and accessible to all.
Ultimately, Rabbi B is committed to reclaiming an inspired Judaism, fostering an inclusive Jewish community and building bridges between the Jewish community and Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Secular..brothers and sisters. While simultaneously re-invigorating this tradition in relevant, modern ways. But most of all Rabbi B is a husband to his beloved wife Ariela, and an abba, a proud father to their children- Yehuda, Maya, Shoshana, and Aviv. Although these other areas are his calling, Ariela and his kids are his heart and his soul.
Rabbi HaLevi and his family made Aliyah in July, 2015.
Shalom - Salaam - Namastei - Peace