About Rabbi Houben
Rabbi Houben holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva College, an M.S. in Education from Azrieli, and Smicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). He participated in the inaugural YU Lead (now YOU Lead) leadership training program and has since served as a cohort mentor and a teacher. He has taught PD courses through the Yeshiva University and Prizmah including: Classroom Innovation in the Judaic Classroom, Revitalizing Jewish Education with Project-Based Learning, From Teacher to Leader, and Furthering Your Career. Rabbi Houben was chosen to be a member of the 2018 Avi Chai sponsored cohort at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership.
Before coming to AJA, Rabbi Houben spent three years as an Assistant Principal at SAR High School in Riverdale, NY and nine years at the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School (now Katz Yeshiva High School) in Boca Raton, Florida, where he served as a Judaic Studies Teacher and Assistant Director of Student Activities. As a member of the Boca Raton Community Kollel, from 2005-2007, he served as the spiritual leader of the Elinore Lome z”l Explanatory Minyan and lectured as part of the Boca Raton Synagogue Adult Education Program.
Rabbi Houben spent 11 summers at Camp HASC in Parksville, New York, most recently as the Director of Recreational Programming, retiring after the 2015 summer. He is an Eagle Scout, a passionate Boston sports fan, and has completed two ING Miami Half-Marathons. He lives in Toco Hills with his wife Lisa and their four beautiful daughters Leah, Zehava, Talya, and Avigail.