Rabbi Aaron Portman

Campus Rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator

Rabbi Aaron was born and raised in Columbus, where he attended Columbus Torah Academy. He got his BA in English from Yeshiva Univeristy. He also studied at Yeshivat HaKotel and the University of St Andrews. After college, he participated in the Avodah Service Corps, working with the nonprofit Footsteps. Rabbi Aaron attended rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. During his time at YCT he worked as a chaplain at Rikers and taught at City College. Before taking up his position at OSU Hillel, he participated in a Dorot Fellowship in Israel and worked as a chaplain at the Wexner Medical Center. Rabbi Aaron lives on campus with his wife, who is a medical student at OSU. As Campus Rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator, he offers support and guidance to students and staff, invigorates religious life at Hillel, and builds relationships across the campus community. Rabbi Aaron enjoys sourdough bread baking, weaving, and riding his bike on the Olentangy Trail. You can follow him on Instagram at @rabbiaaronosu.