Rabbi Jeremy Fine was born and raised in Deerfield, Illinois. He was a proud graduate and attendee of Solomon Schechter Day School, Camp Ramah and Camp Chi, and Ida Crown Jewish Academy. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, where he served as Hillel President for three years, Rabbi Fine began a Masters in Jewish Education which he completed in 2011. Rabbi Fine was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012. During his time at JTS he spent two years in Israel studying at the Conservative Yeshiva and the Machon Schechter Institute. While at JTS, Rabbi Fine received the William H. Lebeau Book Award and the Rabbi Morris Silverman Award in Liturgy. He also completed certificates in Fundraising from New York University, Rav Hamakshir (Kashrut Supervision) from JTS, a Mini-MBA for Non-Profit Organizations from St. Thomas University and became an accredited Life Coach in 2020. In 2014 he was recognized by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis. In 2018 he was selected as part of the Clergy Leadership Incubator and then in 2021 he was awarded the Minnesota Hillel Capp Leadership Award.
Rabbi Fine served as the student Rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel in Amsterdam, NY and the Rabbinic Assistant and Director of Congregational Learning at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, NY and the Senior Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, MN. During his tenure he was known for innovation through programs like Crossriver Kosherfest, Annual Celebrity Fundraisers, and more. He can be found on his website TheGreatRabbino.com, the largest Jewish sports website, and his podcast The Religion of Human Nature. Rabbi Fine is married to Jessica (also from Deerfield) and they have two amazing daughters Annie and Trudy. Rabbi Fine would love to chat and you can reach him at JFine@bnaitikvah.net.
Hazzan Hery Chulef grew up in Lima, Perú, attending Hebrew Day School for 15 years. He went on to study at the University in Perú before coming to the United States in 1986 and earning a BA in Psychology from Earlham College. From there, Hazzan Hery attended Cantorial School at Yeshiva University, NYC, graduating in 1993. Before coming to Congregation B’nai Tikvah, Hazzan Hery served as Hazzan at Havurat Yisrael, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Queens, New York.
Hazzan Hery joined the B’nai Tikvah community in 2001 as our High Holiday Hazzan, and went on to become Ritual Educator in 2003. From there, he has lovingly trained, nurtured, and prepared hundreds of B’nai Tikvah children and adults in Ritual skills and prayer. Hazzan Hery was formally installed as the Hazzan at B’nai Tikvah in 2014. Hery is a B’nai Tikvah treasure.