Rabbi, Dr. Alfred H. Benjamin
הרב אפרים צבי בן משה ראובן ויחד פריידע בנימין
Rabbi Fred Benjamin or RabbiB as we call him, received his ordination at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1987. Two years of Rabbinical School were spent at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. His undergraduate studies were at The Ohio State University where he earned a BS in psychology with an emphasis in early child development. His first pulpit was in Cherry Hill, NJ as Assistant and then Associate to Rabbi Al Lewis, zichrono livracha. (See Mitch Albom’s book, “Have a Little Faith”) He and his family then made Aliyah moving to Jerusalem where he worked as a tour guide, leader of archaeological digs and Division Head for Young Judea’s College Year Course. We are so proud that in May, 2015, RabbiB was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by The Seminary.
RabbiB joined our Congregational community in 2006 and from day one has shared with us an infectious joy of Jewish life and culture. He brought with him extensive experience in Jewish camping, formal and informal education, a deep knowledge of the Land of Israel and Jewish History, a love of Jewish music, Torah learning, Tradition, and the values Judaism brings into the world and into our lives. One of his favorite sayings is, “No school, no shul” and so it is no wonder that he plays a major role as educator and program planner in our Religious School. His study of Christian theology and respect for people of all faiths has helped him form strong bonds in the wider community including serving as a leader in the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association.
Rabbi Benjamin has two adult children, Yael and Noah, and now Micah, born on September 2, 2014, the newest blessing in his and his wife Alison’s life. RabbiB is an avid sportsman playing softball in the summer and ice-hockey year round. He also enjoys tennis, Scrabble and taking bike trips….the most recent when he and Alison toured Spain.
Read Balancing Communal Norms with Individual Autonomoy or…On the Count of 3, Let’s all Sing Adon Olam!
Letter from Rabbi Benjamin to the congregation
Rabbi Benjamin’s Office Hours*
Monday: Rabbi’s Day off
Tuesday: 11:00 – 3:30
Wednesday: 11:00 – 3:30
Thursday: 2:00 -6:00
Friday: 11:00 – 3:00
* – To arrange a meeting outside of Office Hours please call the office at 617-698-3394 or email Rabbi Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org