Rabbi Stephen Slater is the husband of the new Director of Hillel at the Claremont Colleges, Bethany Slater. I love being a rabbi and am passionate about inspiring the Jews to grow personally and spiritually through encountering Torah and Avodah, Torah study and communal worship. Ordained in 2018, I have led congregations in Birmingham, AL and Glens Falls, NY, and Columbus, Ohio. I met my life long hevrutah (study partner), Bethany, in an undergraduate philosophy class. In my free time, I love to read and write non-fiction. I especially love going on adventures with my two young children, Anav (8) and Emet (5). I studied Hebrew and Second Temple Jewish literature and history at the Hebrew University. Primary influences for me intellectually include the Hartman Institute, the Conservative Yeshiva, and Yeshivat Hadar. I am particularly inspired by a young generation of Jews who are seeking out a richer spiritual life, and are searching for something more in the Jewish tradition. I am so pleased that we now live in Southern California, and look forward to helping Hillel to develop a thriving center of Jewish life in Claremont.