Rabbi Aaron Braun became the spiritual leader of Northbrook Community Synagogue, 2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook, on July 1. The synagogue is planning a Welcome Dinner on Sunday, Aug. 26. Details are available by calling the synagogue office at (847) 509-9204.
Braun said he and his wife, Marina, and their children, Aidan and Lillian, look forward to being a part of the Northbrook Community Synagogue family and hope to build meaningful, lasting relationships for many years to come.
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Braun received semicha (ordination) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, in New York City, after studying for four and a half years in New York, and two years at Yeshivat Bat Ayin, in Gush Etzion, Israel.
A native of Champaign, Braun has a deep connection to Illinois and the Midwest. He is a proud Illini from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Jewish studies and a minor in animal sciences.
Prior to joining N.C.S., Braun served as the director of the Jewish Youth Encounter Program at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, in New York. He specialized in finding creative ways of promoting Judaism to otherwise unaffiliated area youth and officiated at many life-cycle events for the local community. He also engaged the congregants of the institute by teaching a regular Gemara shiu (Talmud class.)
Along with teaching at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Braun has been a guest lecturer at the Ramaz School in Manhattan. Embracing his Chicago roots, Braun served as a Rabbinic Intern at Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel, in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, under the guidance of Rabbi Asher Lopatin. Additionally, he is a trained and certified shochet.
An avid Cubs fan and golfer, Braun also loves snowboarding, playing chess and gourmet cooking. When he is not serving the community, he enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife Marina receive much nachas (pleasure) from their children.
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