Rabbi Natan Trief, Atlanta, Georgia

Rabbi Natan Trief is rabbi for the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to leading all synagogue functions, Natan serves as the Jewish ambassador to the larger Christian community.  Natan and his wife, Rabbi Samantha Trief, reside in Atlanta, GA, where Natan also serves as a community rabbi.  Natan is on the board of Friends of the IDF and regularly acts as the Emcee for the Israeli Consulate’s annual Yom HaZikaron commemoration. Prior to entering rabbinical school, Natan spent 18 months in the IDF as a search and rescue combat soldier. He has led Birthright Israel programs and experienced a unique work/study program at Kibbutz Hazorea.  As part of his rabbinical training, Natan interned and taught religious school for several synagogues on the East Coast.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he later enrolled in Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in 2016.  The recipient of awards and fellowships for academic excellence, Natan is fluent in multiple languages.

In Natan’s words: “Through LEAD, I hope to gain a better understanding of what the Hebrew University represents and how I can best support their mission. I want to gain concrete skills that help me better fulfill my biggest passion in life: to be an inspiring bridge between Israel and America.   I aspire to live my life as a dogma ishit, to live my Jewish values as a symbolic exemplar. I believe that rabbis must hold themselves to a very high standard.”