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Credit: Ella Faust

About Rabbi Minich

Binyamin Daniel Minich was born in 1987, in Kerch, Crimea, Soviet Union and grew up at Reform Jewish community in Kerch. He is a descendant of Levi family - a Crimean Jewish (Kırımçak) family, which lived at Crimean peninsula for at least 500 years.

In 2002, at the age of 15, he made aliyah with Naale project and 3 years after graduated high school yeshiva Migdal Ohr, led by Rabbi Haim Bar On (under presidency of Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman).

After his military service at the IDF, Benny started studying Jewish thought and psychology at the University of Haifa. As he achieved BA degree in Haifa, he began studying at the Israeli Rabbinic program at the Taube family campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institue of Religion in Jerusalem. He achieved his ordination from Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss in November 2019.

Rabbi Minich serves in Israel and abroad in Hebrew, English, Ukrainian and Russian. He leads 'Daniel' congregation in Jaffa and works at Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv. He researches political philosophy, Jewish homiletics (darshanut) and liturgy and is a PhD student at the Department of Jewish thought of Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan.

Rabbi Binyamin Minich is a proud member of the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis (MARAM) and currently serves at its board; and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).

He volunteers as a member of Limmud FSU Israel's organizational committee and as a member of the board of Crimean Jews Association in Israel.

Benny lives in Kfar Saba with his wife, Dr. Elena Minich, their two sons - Hadar Yosef and Levi Moshe, and daughter - Haleli Yerushalaim.

His hobbies are reading, hiking, music, studying languages and math.

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