Ari Averbach grew up in Agoura Hills, then headed east for NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduation, he returned home and found a job in the film industry in Los Angeles. While he loved much of what he did, he realized that it was not the right path for him. Ari left the entertainment world and began working at Jewish World Watch, a non-profit organization fighting genocide in Darfur and Congo, where he led their speakers’ bureau and taught thousands of people about international crisis issues. Along the way, Ari taught at Camp Ramah, LA Hebrew High School, and elsewhere around Los Angeles.
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 LA, and served as the rabbinic intern at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino.
Rabbi Averbach currently serves as the assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL, the largest Conservative synagogue in the Midwest, and volunteers as a chaplain at local hospitals. He is the founding leader of the Rabbinical Assembly affinity group for assistant rabbis and serves as treasurer of the local RA chapter.
As a family, Ari, his wife Vanessa, a high school English teacher, and their children, Paige and Shai, spend free time perusing farmers markets, doing crossword puzzles, and riding bikes.
Rabbi Ari Averbach Schedule of Activities November 2 - 4, 2018
Events are being planned. Please keep an eye out for more information.