Benjamin (Benj) Altshuler is a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, OH. Benj looks forward to serving as Rabbinic Fellow for Temple Sholom from fall of 2019 through spring of 2020. Benj is eager to engage with the Temple Sholom community and explore Jewish identity, prayer, and learning. He would love to connect to discover what drives you, how social justice informs your Judaism, your favorite books or go-to recipe.
Through his studies, Benj ponders the big questions of belief and peoplehood shaping American Judaism. He has led several notable Midwestern Jewish communities, most recently including Congregation Ahavath Sholom of Bluefield, WV. Prior Cincinnati Jewish Foundation Fellowship assignments have included teaching at Adath Israel Congregation, interning for Rockdale Temple, and completing his Clinical Pastoral Education at UC West Chester Hospital.
Benj is an alumnus of Carleton College, where he studied Cognitive Science. Prior to matriculating at HUC-JIR, Benj was a corps member of Avodah in Chicago; he worked for Friedman Place, a supportive living facility for blind and visually impaired adults. This connection with Avodah continues as an alumni educator and recruiter.
Benj originally hails from the suburbs of Chicago. He spent summers at OSRUI, a Jewish camp in Oconomowoc, WI. Camp is where Benj’s Jewish journey developed and gained momentum. He went from camper to counselor, and eventually the director of Wilderness Education.