Rabbi Benjamin Barer

What people call you: Rabbi Ben

Congregation: Georgetown University Hillel

Location: DC

Denomination: Non-denominational

Ordained from: Hebrew College

What do you love most about your work?: I love the opportunity to share my love of Judaism with students who are as full of energy and curiosity as they may ever be. Sharing how Judaism is personally meaningful is the spark that we all need to find our own paths in to an adult Jewish identity, and it is a special role and responsibility to be part of the chain of tradition passing that on.

How is Judaism valuable in your life? And/Or What lead you to your decision to become a Rabbi or Clergy member?: Judaism offers me layered contexts in which to situate myself, within community, history, text and ritual practice. Creating distinctions between kodesh and chol (holy, set-aside and mundane time/space, respectively) makes it easier to approach each day, each interaction with more intentionality. Judaism is also a constant reminder that life is meant to be lived in community, both in relationship with those around us and with those who came before us.