Rabbi Alberto (Baruch) Zeilicovich is the Rabbi of Beth Israel Aruba since September 2022. He replaced Rabbi Daniel Kripper after he served the Community for nine years.
Rabbi Baruch was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has over thirty years of rabbinical experience, developed in five different pulpits. His passion is teaching, more so, the development of creative education programs for adults, religious schools and youth movements.
He graduated from the Buenos Aires University in Psychology, but before that he graduated as a Jewish educator which ultimately led him to pursue his passion in Jewish education and to receive his Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary of Latin America in Buenos Aires in 1988.
He served as Rabbi in Jewish congregations both in Latin America, and the United States. In Latin America he served as Rabbi during the Cartel War in Medellin, Colombia till 1994. Afterwards he served in Puerto Rico and in Bogota, Colombia. He also served as Rabbi in Forth Worth, Texas and Fair Lawn, New Jersey USA.
In addition to the congregational endeavors, he acted as President of the Rotary International of Forth Worth South Club; President of the Rabbinical Assembly, Mid Continent Region; Co-chairperson of Interfaith missions to Israel; Professor of Psychology at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia; Professor at the University of North Texas teaching Hebrew at the Department of Languages and Professor of Introduction to Judaism at Saint John’s University in Queens, New York
In the year 2017 Rabbi Zeilicovich received a Doctor in Divinity Honoris Causa from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America for his many years of fruitful service in the Rabbinate as well as a Pastoral Merit of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Latin American region in 1992.
Rabbi Zeilicovich is married to Graciela Zeilicovich, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in March of 2022 and they have two children: Daniel & Ruth
Rabbi Alberto (Baruch) Zeilicovich
Rabbi Alberto (Baruch) Zeilicovich is the Rabbi of Beth Israel Aruba since September 2022.