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About Us

About Us

Keneseth Beth Israel is the thriving center of traditional Torah Judaism in Richmond, Virginia, with its founding reaching back to 1856. KBI facilitates personal Jewish growth and religious observance in a welcoming environment open to all Jews.

KBI is vibrant on Shabbat, as well as throughout the week, with inspiring davening, thought-provoking sermons and classes, engaging social events for adults, and fun family-centered programming and celebrations. 

At KBI, the generations come together to observe holidays, learn Torah, celebrate life cycle events, socialize, and build a Jewish tomorrow, steeped in the wisdom of three millennia of Torah. Under the dynamic leadership of Rabbi Dovid Asher, we invite you to come explore the wealth of activities that go on at KBI on a regular basis.

 

Meet Our Rabbi

Rabbi Dovid Asher grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania with NCSY and his synagogue as the early molders of his community service. He attended the Jewish Educational Center  for high school in Elizabeth New Jersey. He was the Regional President of the New Jersey NCSY and led many chesed programs and Shabbos retreats. Rabbi Asher then went to Israel to study Torah at Yeshivat Shaarei Mevaseret Tzion and then studied at Yeshiva University where he received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Business. Upon completion of his Rabbinical studies, Rabbi Asher received Semicha from Yeshiva University. As part of his rabbinic training, he had several internships including Young Israel of East Bunswick, Riverdale Jewish Center, and Aish NY. Concurrently, he received a Masters in Mental Health Counseling fromPace University.  After marrying Aliza, Rabbi Asher joined the Gruss Kollel, an affiliate of Yeshiva University in Israel, whereupon completing his studies they moved to Chicago to take part in a fellowship that focused on community education. In addition to his studies, Rabbi Asher has worked in various administrative positions for Aish, NCSY, and Yeshiva University.   

Rabbi Asher is married to Aliza (nee Hochner), originally from Miami Beach, FL.  Aliza is an interior designer and an artist with degrees from Yeshiva University and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  They have four adorable children, Elana, Yaakov, Ora, & Adir. Together, they love to host and greet the Richmond community! 

Fri, July 10 2020 18 Tammuz 5780