Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, D.Min
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
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
Tzfat, Israel, 1995
3 month work-study program
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Lawerence, KS, 1994
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Counseling & Radio Host
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.
Co-founder & Director of Donor Development
2010 - 2012
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.
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.
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.