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Rabbi: Aaron Braun


Rabbi Aaron Braun

Has served as the Rabbi at Northbrook Community Synagogue in Northbrook, Illinois since 2012. He received semikha (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 Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion, Israel. A native of Champaign, Illinois, Rabbi Braun has a deep connection to Illinois and the Midwest. He is a proud Illini, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies with a Minor in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois. Rabbi Braun is a member of the International Rabbinic Fellowship as well as the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He serves on the Northbrook Mikvah Committee and is a volunteer Jewish Chaplain at Glenbrook Hospital.

Prior to joining N.C.S., Rabbi Braun served as the Director of the Jewish Youth Encounter Program at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York under the tutelage of Rabbi Avi Weiss. At the H.I.R. Rabbi Braun 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 H.I.R. by teaching a regular gemara shiur. Along with teaching at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Rabbi Braun has been a guest lecturer at The Ramaz School in Manhattan. Embracing his Chicago roots, Rabbi Braun served previously as a Rabbinic Intern at   Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel in Lakeview, under the guidance of Rabbi Asher Lopatin. Additionally, Rabbi Aaron Braun is a trained and certified shochet (ritual slaughterer).

An avid Cubs fan and golfer, Rabbi Braun also loves   snowboarding, playing chess and gourmet cooking. When he is not serving the community, Rabbi Braun enjoys spending time with his family including his wife Marina and their four children, Aidan, Lillian,  Jonah and Jackson.