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Rabbi Benjamin Resnick

Hi! I am so glad you found your way here.  In the summer of 2016, my family and I joined historic Ahavas Achim, a warm, vibrant, and intimate community tucked away on the beautiful North Shore of Massachusetts. We feel so lucky to be a part of such a caring community, and we can't wait to welcome you into our shul for some singing, dancing, and schmoozing, and into our home for a shabbos meal, a cup of coffee, a slice of pie (I like apple, this time of year), and some good conversation.

About me: I was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2014 and, in addition to my primary duties at Ahavas Achim, I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), also at JTS. I have served in many different Jewish communities throughout the Northeast, and I have also written for the Forward, Tablet, Modern Judaism, and the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, among other places. Before rabbinical school, I spent time as a chess teacher in the New York City public schools and as a chef.  

Rebbe Nahman taught that the whole universe is built out of melodies, that every tree, every blade of grass, every river, and every person has a unique melody, and that as Jews it is our job to learn those melodies and to weave them into a symphony of divine song. I am passionate about learning and singing our deep Jewish melodies. By listening to them, I hope, we can all learn to hear more truly. And by singing them we can all learn to walk more assuredly on "the winding paths of righteousness," on the mysterious and sacred roads that lead us towards a kinder, gentler, and more radically welcoming vision of Jewish community.  

I am also pretty passionate about coffee, so if I am not in my office at shul or at the local library with my children, you can often find me studying in one of the many coffee shops in and around Newburyport. Please come learn with me or just come say hello. The cappuccino is on me. You can also follow me on Facebook.    

I hope to see you soon--

Kol tuv,




Mon, March 18 2019 11 Adar II 5779