Ari Averbach grew up in Agoura Hills, a student of the public schools and Los Angeles Hebrew High School. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, spending several years working in film and television. Ari's volunteering, especially with Jewish World Watch, a non-profit organization fighting genocide in Darfur and Congo, changed his career path. Through this work, he was a guest lecturer at dozens of synagogues, churches, schools and summer camps around Southern California.
Rabbi Averbach was ordained at AJU’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, where he was presented the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and was honored to be elected the class speaker. During school, he earned certification in chaplaincy at Children's Hospital, and served as the rabbinic intern at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino.
Rabbi Averbach previously served as the assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL, and volunteered as a chaplain at local hospitals. He was the founding leader of the Rabbinical Assembly affinity group for assistant rabbis and served as treasurer of the local RA chapter.
He was featured on CBS News, quoted in the New York Times, and was a contributor to Says You.
As a family, Ari, his wife Vanessa, a high school English teacher, and their three children, spend free time going for long walks, doing crossword puzzles, and riding bikes.