Rabbi Ben Herman grew up in a close-knit family with weekly Shabbat dinners and service attendance which was extremely devoted to Judaism and to Israel. Originally from Milwaukee, Rabbi Herman received his B.A. in History, Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rabbinic Ordination with an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He previously served as Assistant Rabbi and Education Director at Congregation Anshei Israel in Tucson, Arizona.
Rabbi Herman became a rabbi out of his interest in people, his passion for Jewish life and his desire to help Judaism blossom, flourish and grow within a community. His vision is to ensure that the Jericho Jewish Center is a vibrant place where everyone is welcome and appreciated for who they are and what they bring to our synagogue. Rabbi Herman values each relationship with congregants and their families. Rabbi Herman is married to Karina, and they look forward to meeting everyone at the Jericho Jewish Center.
Cantor Kenneth Cohen is the new cantor at the Jericho Jewish Center. Cantor Cohen, who attended Hebrew School and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at neighboring East Meadow Jewish Center, returned to his roots on Long Island after a 30-year sojourn in Hawaii.
Cantor Cohen left Long Island to study music in California, earning a B.A. from the University of
California at Santa Cruz. During his years in Santa Cruz, he was hired as music director for the
Shakespeare Santa Cruz Summer Festival and also served as director for Episcopal, Sufi and
Hindu choirs. These experiences were the prelude to his arrival at the University of Hawaii to
The path towards the Cantorate began at Temple Emanu-El of Honolulu where he was invited to serve as Hawaii’s first year-round cantor, and began his formal Judaic studies. In the course of his training, Cantor Cohen traveled to unaffiliated congregations around the Islands, teaching B’nei Mitzvah children and their parents, bringing generations together to learn and share texts of wisdom and worship. Cantor Cohen has been a member of the Cantors Assembly since 2006.
Cantor Cohen has taught classes in Siddur appreciation, Hebrew reading skills, Jewish history, ensemble singing, and basic calligraphy. He has provided solo and ensemble accompaniment for numerous Israeli and international music and dance festivals, earning the prestigious designation Master Folk Artist in 2001 for outstanding teaching and performance of traditional and contemporary Jewish music.
Cantor Cohen brings his unique background and energy to the Jericho Jewish Center,
engaging the multi-generational congregation through a combination of traditional and innovative worship services, musical programs, and educational opportunities.
Rabbi Emeritus Marvin Richardson was the Rabbi of Jericho Jewish Center from August 2002 to May 2013.. He received his undergraduate degree in Physiological Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, and his M.A. in History and Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. After serving as educational director for congregations in St. Louis and Chicago, he returned to the Seminary to obtain his ordination. Following a six-year tenure as Assistant Rabbi at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Richardson moved to Israel where he worked with various educational organizations sponsoring programs for American students in Israel. In 1996 he returned to the United States to accept a position as Associate Rabbi at the East Brunswick Jewish Center, where he served for six years before accepting his position with the Jericho Jewish Center. Rabbi Richardson passed away on February 13, 2014. He will be remembered as a beloved Rabbi, a dedicated teacher and a kind and decent man.