Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, D.Min


EDUCATION

  • THE GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

    • South Bend, IN

      • Doctor of Ministry, 2008

  • AMERICAN JEWISH UNIVERSITY, ZIEGLER SCHOOL OF RABBINIC STUDIES

    • Los Angeles, CA
      • Rabbinic Ordination, 2002

      • Master of Hebrew Letters, 2000

  • THE SCHECHTER INSTITUTE

    • Jerusalem, Israel

    • Year Program, 2000

  • THE INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH SPIRITUALITY

    • Two year Jewish Spirituality program, 2004-2006

  • THE PARDES INSTITUTE

    • Jerusalem, Israel, 1995-1996

    • Mechina year program

  • LIVNOT U'LEHIBANOT

    • Tzfat, Israel, 1995

    • 3 month work-study program

  • UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

    • Lawerence, KS, 1994
      Bachelor of Arts,  Philosophy


WORK

WELAUNCH

  • Co-founder & CEO
  • February 2017 - Present
  • Israel, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana

welaunch is a US-based social enterprise connecting Israeli companies to business opportunities and resources in a network of US emerging tech markets. For more please visit www.welaunch.org


Green Partners InvestmentS

  • Founding Partner
  • January 2014 - Present
  • Boston, MA

Green Partners is a cannabis investment fund and the management company for SIRANATURALS, Massachusetts' premiere medical cannabis cultivation facility with dispensaries throughout Greater Boston

Green Partners was formed with a dual mission, to establish Massachusetts's premiere medical cannabis company, and to utilize a percentage of profits to support and promote Israel. 

Rabbi B's roles include: 

  • Fundraising
  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing & Branding 
  • Investor Relations

Inspiro

  • Co-founder & Director of Operations
  • July, 2015 – May, 2016
  • Israel & Denver, CO

Inspiro was medical cannabis research start-up whose mission was to further the research of medical cannabis through funding clinical trials within Israel.

Rabbi B's roles included:

  • Investor development
  • Business strategy
  • Israel operations: setup and implementation of clinical research trials

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.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Community –
    • Congregation: evolved CSH from two splintered communities into a unified, energized and thriving community.
    • Communal: transformed the community through numerous, community wide programs and projects, partnering with the Federation, JCC, Day School and local synagogues of all denominations.
    • Christian: pioneered relations and partnerships with Evangelical churches and organizations throughout the region.  
  • Membership  –
    • tripled membership, sky-rocketing to over 2000 individuals, with Shabbat attendance growing to hundreds of weekly attendees, due to visionary programming and aggressive outreach to the unaffiliated, interfaith, young families, professionals, and marginalized segments within the Jewish community.
  • 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.
  • 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 focus on donor development  
  • Global Impact
    • reached tens of thousands of people beyond CSH pioneering new ways of presenting Judaism to the world such as:
      • Shulcasting - the first multi-channel, synagogue webcast
      • Sagecasting  - broadcasting into regional Jewish nursing homes/assisted living facilities
      • Podcasting - hundreds of iTunes podcasts reaching thousands of followers
      • Blogging - growing an on-line following of over 30k subscribers
      • Television - facilitating a weekly Boston based interfaith dialogue television program
  • Zionism
    • a leading regional spokesman, and community organizer, for all things Israel, particularly during times of crisis;
      • convening and leading numerous Israel solidarity rallies and raising millions in donations for emergency campaigns
      • involved with Aipac, ADL, Israel Bonds and Federation, organizing and leading numerous missions and receiving regional recognition for these efforts
      • reaching tens of thousands of online viewers through motivational and impactful on-line, pro-Israel sermons

www.Shirathayam.org

 

click here for a detailed list of Rabbi B's revolutionary programs

 


 

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.

www.tifereth.org

 


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. 

www.ohrhatorah.org


Additional Experience

Tech-un Olam

Tech-un Olam is an educational effort Rabbi B has initiated within welaunch. Tech-un Olam is developing Jewish content and curriculum to educate Jews and Christians regarding the Jewish and Judaeo-Christian values underlying Israel's rise as "the Start-up Nation," and disproportionate Jewish professional success throughout the world. In progress are:

  • The Tech-un Olam Podcast & Radio Show
  • The Tech-un Olam Blog
  • The Tech-un Olam Hagadah
  • Tech-un Olam Israel Tours

The Way

  • Counseling & Radio Host
  • 2015-2017
  • Boston, MA & Israel

The Way was Rabbi B's counseling practice and Boston based radio program helping hundreds of people find their way through life's trials, traumas and tragedies. 

ZUZZIM

  • Co-founder & Director of Donor Development  
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Salem, MA

Zuzzim was a social enterprise startup whose goal was to create a B2B, online funding platform for non-profits, providing community members business development opportunities while simultaneously generating revenue for their respective religious institution. It was an attempt to create a new funding paradigm for Congregation Shirat Hayam as a pathway to the elimination of synagogue dues. 

R.U.A.C.H 

  • 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.

Drake University

  • Adjunct Professor,
  • 2002-2006
  • Des Moines, IA

Publications

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.

Spark Seekers

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.

Mystical mourning

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.