Rabbi Portman appointed senior Jewish educator and campus rabbi at OSU Hillel

August 25, 2023

Rabbi Aaron Portman (’21) assumed the role of senior Jewish educator and campus rabbi at The Ohio State University Hillel in Columbus on Aug. 20.

According to a news release from OSU Hillel, Portman is a sixth-generation Central Ohioan. He was born in Bexley and attended Columbus Torah Academy before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yeshiva University in New York City. While in rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York, Portman served as a prison chaplain, worked at an interfaith Sunday school and served as an adjunct Jewish studies professor at The City College of New York in New York City.

Portman then participated in a year-long Dorot Fellowship in Israel following his 2021 ordination, the release said. Before OSU Hillel, he worked as a chaplain resident at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. He and his wife, Dena, live on the Ohio State campus, where she is a medical student.

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