Director of Programming and Social Justice


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Ross Halfant

A native Texan, Ross (he/him) attended the International School of the Americas, where he learned to embrace the ideals of volunteerism and globalism. Ross then studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where he majored in Communication, and after graduating in 2017, he lived on Kibbutz Harduf in Israel. He served through Project Ten (an Israeli global initiative focused on creating community change), teaching English to local Arab children, working in a bakery with special needs adults, and creating sustainability projects for the local forest. Since returning to Texas, Ross has regularly volunteered at local non-profits until joining the Temple team. As the Director of Programming & Social Justice, Ross works with the clergy and staff to develop unique opportunities, social justice programming, and advocacy efforts to connect the community with their Judaism.

Ross and Temple Beth-El aspire to engage Temple members of all ages in the holy work of Tikkun Olam – repairing our broken world.