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Rabbi Emeritus Geoff Basik


Geoff Basik, became Rabbi Emeritus of Kol HaLev on January 1, 2021. As the founding rabbi of the Kol HaLev Synagogue Community, he is a 2007 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  Geoff spent ten years at the Center for Jewish Education in Baltimore where he taught, organized community programs, and led trips to Poland and Israel.  The rabbinate was a natural extension of his interest in religious thought and experience, the exploration of our interior lives, his delight in teaching, and his interpersonal skills.  He is a bridge to Jewish wisdom, practices, and values in the context of modernity. 

Rabbi Geoff is a warm and inclusive spiritual leader and partner for those who wish to explore Jewish resources for a life of inquiry, meaning, community, and ethical action in the world.

Rabbi Geoff was born and raised in Baltimore, leaving after high school to begin his own journey with an undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion that included Jewish Studies.  He lived in Israel for two years, and then earned a Master’s degree in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.  Along the way, Rabbi Geoff has been involved with a number of extra-curricular pursuits, including the Alternatives to Violence Program in the prison system and The Mankind Project.                              

Rabbi Geoff’s personal life revolves around his wife of over 30 years (artist and art educator Donna Basik) and their two daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren, plus the family dog and the practices of meditation, yoga, baseball, and golf.   

View Our Special Evening with Rabbi Geoff
Our evening to honor Rabbi Geoff's retirement was definitely a success! It was a lovely time of sharing for Rabbi Geoff and for the many members of our Kol HaLev family who were in attendance. The one-hour program included Rabbi Geoff blessing our congregation, a
video which included photos and footage of special memories with Rabbi Geoff through the years (which KHL congregants provided and which Steven Silvern put together for us), and Cantor George singing 'V’asu Li Mikdash'  (Lord, make me a sanctuary) an original composition he created to honor Rabbi's retirement.  If you were unable to attend, you can still share the experience by clicking here to view the program.  
We will miss our beloved Rabbi Geoff Basik, and we send with him our very best wishes for a healthy, happy, and blessed future!  And all of the people said "Amein!"
Mon, January 17 2022 15 Shevat 5782