Rabbi Aryeh Leib Bolel
Graduated Ohr Lagolah in 2009
Current Positions: Rabbi, Beth El Jacob Synagogue, Des Moines, Iowa (2011 — present)
Director, JSOC, Drake University, Des Moines University, Iowa State University (2011 — present)
Previous Position: University Outreach Program Director, Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem (2008 — 2011)
Originally from Gateshead in England, Rabbi Bolel spent the majority of his years learning Torah in Jerusalem. In addition to being an ordained rabbi, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies, Master of Business Administration and is a teacher certified by the Israel Ministry of Education, and he is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC).
Rabbi Bolel, with his warmth, enthusiasm, leadership and knowledge, has attracted new families, young and senior, to Beth El Jacob, seeing an increase of more than 40% in membership since his arrival. In addition to his dedication and responsibilities at the synagogue, Rabbi Bolel has established outreach programs catering to the Jewish student in three different universities in Iowa, sits on various organization boards, and is the supervising rabbi for the mikveh and the Chevra Kadisha. Rabbi Bolel is a musician and an accomplished athlete, from football to the Ironman Triathlon.