Jason Herman

Class Year: 

1999
Hometown: Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Language: 

Arabic

Coming to the Huntsman Program was a unique experience for Jason.  Having grown up in New Jersey, in the shadow of New York, and having only gotten his first passport within a year of starting Huntsman, the world of international studies was something that was going to be quite different, yet ultimately influential as well.  After completing the Huntsman Program, Jason worked for 2 years as an investment banker with BayView Financial Trading Group specializing in the mortgage industry.  Looking for a change, he left the business world altogether and decided to enter the field of religious studies and became a Rabbi. 

He presently serves a congregation in midtown Manhattan, a few blocks from Penn Station in the heart of the city.  Yet, he hasn't lost his love of the international awareness that Huntsman inspired.  In 2005, he served as one of the first delegates at the First World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, held under the High Patronage of His Majesty Albert II of Belgium and His Majesty, Mohammed VI of Morocco (where incidentally, Jason had done his study abroad).  Jason now also serves as the director of an international body of over 100 Rabbis from 4 continents called the International Rabbinic Fellowship.  This affords him the opportunity to impact global issues through a worldwide network of religious leaders.  He also works at his alma mater, YCT Rabbinical School, coordinating a course on global issues.