Meet Our Rabbinic Candidate Finalists

Rabbi Aaron Leven 

Originally from California, Rabbi Aaron Leven is working toward ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and currently serves as a Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at B’nai Jeshurun. Prior to JTS, Rabbi Leven worked with OneTable, helping young Jews to generate unique and meaningful Shabbat practices; and completed a training unit as as a hospital chaplain, providing emotional and spiritual care to those in challenging situations. Rabbi Leven is a graduate of Emory University and a recent Jewish Learning Fellowship Educator at the NYU Hillel Bronfman Center.

View Rabbi Leven’s D’var Torah, given on Saturday, January 21.


Rabbi Hannah Jensen

A product of South Bend, Indiana, Rabbi Hannah Jensen is working toward ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and currently serves as a Rabbinic Intern at IKAR. Additionally, Rabbi Jensen works as a B’nai Mitzvah Tutor for both children and adults, a Spiritual Counseling Trainer for Beit T’shuvah, a Multifaith Strategic Leadership Team Member for the LA Voice, and as an Elissa Froman z”l Rabbinic Fellow for the New Israel Fund. Rabbi Jensen is a graduate of Carleton College and has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

View Rabbi Jensen’s D’var Torah, given on Saturday January 28.


Rabbi Benjy Forester

A Chicagoland native, Rabbi Benjy Forester is working toward ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he is a candidate for an MA in Talmud and Rabbinics. He currently serves at Sutton Place Synagogue. Prior to his arrival in New York, Rabbi Forester spent 10 summers at Camp Ramah in a variety of roles, and served as the Rabbinic Educator for Hillel of Northern New Jersey and Greater Metro West Hillel. Rabbi Forester is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and works with the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards through a fellowship in Prophetic Halakha.

Rabbi Forester and his fiancé, Emily Schwartz, will join us over the weekend of February 3.