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Rabbi Ben Kean

Rabbi Ben Kean became the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob in the summer of 2021. Rabbi Kean believes the responsibility of the rabbi in the 21st century is embodied by the teaching of Hillel in Pirkei Avot (1:12) — "Be of the students of Aaron: Loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them closer to Torah" — to foster a community in which everyone feels welcome and valued, and can grow in their connection to G-d, Torah, and Jewish tradition in their own way.

Prior to his tenure at CBAJ, Rabbi Kean served for two years as rabbinic intern at the Roslyn Synagogue in Roslyn, NY. Rabbi Kean earned his Bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies with a minor in Psychology from Yeshiva University and Rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Before beginning his studies at Yeshiva University, Rabbi Kean learned at Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah in Bet Shemesh, Israel. He is also pursuing Master's degrees in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education and Administration. Rabbi Kean was raised in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rabbi Kean is married to Miriam (Kramer), a native of Brookline, MA. She holds a Master's degree in Accounting from Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business and works as an accountant in a local accounting firm. Rabbi Kean and Miriam are excited to be part of the Albany community.

Please contact the rabbi's office at or (518) 489-5819 ext. 5

Seanan Herrick - Office Manager

Seanan grew up just around the corner from CBAJ, and is happy to be back in her old neighborhood.

She has years of experience in office management and customer service, and also created and ran her own childcare center. Seanan lives in Delmar with her husband Daniel, and daughters Katelyn and Madelyn.

(518) 489-5819 ext. 3

Mon, June 24 2024 18 Sivan 5784