Rabbi Aaron Philmus


Rabbi Aaron received ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He grew up in NJ and met his wife Valerie at UMASS Amherst. In his former life, he was a Wildlife Ecologist and Jewish Nature Educator. He continues to learn Torah from the earth, but now he also learns Torah from books and people too. His wife, Valerie, is a professional kosher baker and chef. They live in the parsonage home at Torat Yisrael with their children Sophie (14) and Aeden (10), Mae (2), and assorted animal friends.

Rabbi Aaron loves leading congregants in song with his guitar as well as exploring Jewish values and spirituality through food, agriculture, and connecting to nature.