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Hernán Rustein

Spiritual leader


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Hernán Rustein

Hernán was born in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, 31 years ago. Rabbinic student of Ieshiva at the IIFRR is since 2012 Hazzan and, since 2016, Institutional Director of the Congregación Israelita de la República Argentina (Templo Libertad). Also in this institution he has taught Introduction to Judaism, Conversion, Tefila and Talmud, and was the director of the group of singers in the community.

Since 2006 he has sung in various chamber ensembles of academic and popular singing and he has trained vocally with various singing masters to this day, in addition to having knowledge of piano and violin. He took drama lessons, and has performed in theaters halls, associations and prisons. Between years 2011 and 2013 he was a teacher in an experimental program to support teachers and students of the education system of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. He trained as a Hazzan and seminarian at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary (2014 - 2017) and the Conservative Yeshiva of Jerusalem (2016).

During his stay in Israel he participated in the programs of Rabbis for Human Rights, sang with the Navah Tehilah group and was invited to participate in the "Israel Program" for rabbinical students of the conservative and reformist schools of the USA, where he was able to know the main problems of Israeli society, and the realities on the ground on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian border. In 2014 he was invited to sing at the Vatican for Pope Francis as part of an interreligious group.

During 2017 and 2018 he was selected by the Union for Reform Judaism of the USA for the "Klal Yisrael Fellowship" program, being the first Latin American to be able to participate in the seminars that this scholarship offers in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Berlin and New York. The German government, also during 2018, invited him to visit that country within the framework of the "Jewish life in Germany" program. She also has a degree in Government and International Relations, university studies in philosophy, and has a bachelor's degree in chemistry.