Baruch HaLevi has spent nearly two decades guiding thousands of people through all of life's transitions, trials and tragedies with his signature - insight, inspiration, spirituality and practicality.
Baruch received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Kansas, followed by his M.A. in Hebrew Letters from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA, and in 2002 Baruch was ordained as a Conservative rabbi.
In February 2006 Baruch received his doctoral degree in ministry and pastoral counseling from The Graduate Theological Foundation, affiliate of Oxford University.
MOTIVATION & MINDFULNESS
Upon graduating from college, Baruch set out to fulfill his dream of becoming a motivational speaker where he began his career working within the fitness industry in New York City. During this time he began studying Buddhism, mindfulness practice and Yoga, all of which would become centerpieces of his spiritual life and professional practice. Baruch's passion for spirituality led him to discover Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and it was then he decided to become a rabbi. It was during this time that Baruch discovered his other professional passion counseling. He pursued and received his doctoral degree, allowing him to more fully and affectively serve those whom he guides. Baruch spent 15 years as synagogue rabbi, guiding thousands of people, from all religious and faith traditions, spiritual inclinations, backgrounds and walks of life, through every lifecycle, challenge, struggle, crisis and trauma imaginable. He likens this time to the "physical, emotional and spiritual battlefield," becoming an "emotional and spiritual first-responder," where his skills were tested, developed and refined with real people, in real time out in the trenches of real life.
In 2006, after having spent four years as a rabbi in Des Moines, IA, at Tifereth Israel synagogue, Baruch moved to Swampscott, MA to begin his tenure at Congregation Shirat Hayam (CSH), where he was known to his beloved congregation as "Rabbi B", until he resigned in 2016, where he remains rabbi emeritus. CSH was a newly formed synagogue from the merger of two dying congregations. Under Baruch's leadership it grew into one of the most visionary, vibrant and successful synagogues in the country. CSH has become a model of what is possible for the modern suburban synagogue, embodying "radical hospitality," authentic spirituality and universal inspiration for Jews, Christians and spiritual seekers from diverse backgrounds and beliefs.
In 2016, Baruch resigned from CSH to pursue his passions of speaking, writing, and counseling. In addition, Baruch established his consulting business, Rabbi B Initiatives, LLC, where he consults with for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations on communications and marketing strategies. He is also part of multiple initiatives in combating BDS (the anti-semitic Boycott Divestment Sanction movement )and promoting Israel.
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.
FATHER & HUSBAND
Above all else, Baruch is a devoted husband to his beloved wife, Ariela, and proud father of their four children, Yehuda (14), Maya (11), Shoshana (8) and Aviv (5).