Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, D.Min
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 1994
AMERICAN JEWISH UNIVERSITY, ZIEGLER SCHOOL OF RABBINIC STUDIES
Master of Hebrew Letters, 2000
Rabbinic Ordination, 2002
THE GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION
Doctor of Ministry, 2008
THE SCHECHTER INSTITUTE
Rabbinical school student, 1999-2000
THE INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH SPIRITUALITY
Graduate of the two year certificate program, 2004-2006
THE PARDES INSTITUTE
Rabbinical School Mechina (preparation) 1 year program, 1995-1996
Tzfat, Israel, 1995
3 month work-study program
Co-founder & CEO, February 2017 - Present
Welaunch is a newly forming social enterprise which will bring Israeli economic development, educational and engagement opportunities to the U.S. market focused specifically on mid-size cities.
Rabbi B Initiatives, Boston MA & Israel
Coaching, Consulting & Communications , 2015 - Present
Rabbi B formed Rabbi B Initiatives, a Boston based LLC, as the parent company for all of his various business ventures. Some of his past, or current projects include:
- Green Partners Investments & Sage Cannabis, Boston
- Co-founder of a multi-million dollar cannabis investment fund, and one of Massachusetts premiere non-profit, medical cannabis cultivations and dispensaries, committed to social entrepreneurialism, using a percentage of profits for social welfare, medical research, and various health and wellness programs within the U.S. & Israel.
- Roles include: Investor recruitment, development and communications; business strategy; coordinating website design, social-media and marketing; Director of Ethics and Cause.
- IN-israel Tourism, Israel
- Consulting within the Israeli tourism industry, redesigning, marketing and implementing cutting-edge, inspirational new ways to experience Israel such as the Entrepreneur’s Tour & The Paratroopers Mission.
- Rabbi B Radio, Boston
- Hosting a weekly, Boston based radio program.
- Inspiro Israel, Colorado & Israel July, 2015 – May, 2016 Co- founder and managing director of a medical research start-up. Roles included: investor development, business strategy, Israel operations, setup and implementation.
Congregation Shirat Hayam, SwampscotT, MA
Rabbi Emeritus, 2015 - Present
Founding Rabbi, 2006 - 2015
Congregation Shirat Hayam (CSH) was formed in 2005 as a merger of two Conservative synagogues. Under Rabbi B's leadership, CSH became a model for successful synagogue mergers and what is possible for American, suburban synagogues.
Roles, Duties & Key Accomplishments:
- Community Building –
- Internal: Through visionary programming, motivational speaking and communications and one-on-one relationship building, CSH evolved from two reluctant, antagonistic populations into a unified, energized, thriving community.
- Communal: Paved the way to numerous community wide programs and projects partnering with the Federation, JCC, Day School and synagogues.
- Christian: Active engagement with, and deep ties to the Christian community, particularly the Evangelical church and Gordon Conwell Seminary.
- Membership – tripled membership, growing to over 2000 people, with the average age plummeting and participation growing exponentially, due to aggressive outreach and “Radical Hospitality” to the unaffiliated, interfaith couples, young families, professionals, and marginalized segments within the Jewish community.
- Fundraising -
- doubled the annual fundraising campaign through outside-the-box, bold, new fundraising models
- Raised millions of dollars for multiple capital campaigns.
- Took the leading role in all fundraising efforts, inspiring the community through motivational speaking and individual donors through personal connections and care.
- Programming – transformed the synagogue, community and region through visionary, inspirational programming such as the world’s only, weekly sustained Synaplex (a myriad of traditional and alternative services, educational, social and artistic experiences for all ages) attracting hundreds of participants from across the community and around the region, ultimately gaining national exposure and praise.
- Global Impact – reached tens of thousands of people beyond CSH through revolutionary new ways of presenting Judaism to the world such as Shulcasting (webcasting Synaplex services), Sagecasting (broadcasting nto regional Jewish nursing homes/assisted living) Ruakh Podcasts/Television and more.
- Zionism – Known as a leading spokesman, and community organizer, for all things Israel, particularly during times of crisis; convening and leading numerous Israel solidarity rallies and raising donations for emergency campaigns. Significantly involved with Aipac, ADL, Israel Bonds and Federation, organizing and leading numerous missions and receiving regional recognition for these efforts.
Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Des Moines, IA
- Rabbi, 2002 - 2006
- Tifereth Israel is a historic congregation in Des Moines, Iowa which Rabbi B helped to revitalize, returning it to a flourishing center of Jewish life.
Congregation Ohr HaTorah, Valley Village, CA
- Rabbinic Intern 1996 - 2002
- Rabbi B studied with, and worked along side, his mentor, Rabbi Mordecai Finley, for nearly six years.
- Rabbi Finley is one of the most inspiring figures in liberal Judaism today and Ohr Ha-Torah is one of the most dynamic and exciting congregations in Los Angeles.
- Co-founder & Marketing Director, 2010 - 2012
- Salem, MA
- Zuzzim was a non-profit start-up whose goal was to becoming a funding mechanism for non-profits, particularly synagogues, to create a new revenue stream with the hope that someday synagogue dues would be unnecessary.
- Zuzzim was a virtual Business To Business & Business To Consumer purchasing platform, which would allow participants to designate a percentage of their transaction to a charity of their choice.
- Co-director, 2006 -2015
- RUACH is a local television program in Boston which Rabbi B helped to facilitate for 10 years, bringing together local religious leaders to dialogue and promote religious understanding and harmony.
Adjunct Professor, 2002-2006
Des Moines, IA
Revolution of jewish spirit
In 2012, Baruch HaLevi and co-author Ellen Frankel publish Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue and Inspire Your Jewish Community, which chronicled Baruch's experience reviving Congregation Shirat Hayam.
Baruch's most recent book, Spark Seekers: Mourning with Meaning; Living with Light, was published in Spring 2015. The book is both a memoir of his journey through grief after the tragic loss of his father, and also a manual for anyone seeking to move through grief's darkness with purpose, hope and meaning.
Baruch's most recent publication and project, Mystical Mourning, in partnership with his sister, world renown psychic-medium and author, Rebecca Rosen, is a revolutionary, multi-media grief program for anyone looking for a pro-active, spiritual and practical response to grieving the loss of a a loved one.