Meet AU's Humanist Chaplain
Ben / Binyamin Biber
biber at american.edu
Chaplain Biber started the Humanist Chaplaincy at AU in 2011, and serves as the faculty adviser to the Secular Student Alliance at AU, a chapter of the national SSA. Connect with [email protected] via Facebook at
email <secularstudentallianceamerican at gmail.com>
and through its AU Campus Labs site
Ben also operates the Humanist Chaplaincy of Greater Washington, DC, providing to the wider community various counseling and life-cycle ceremony services such as weddings, baby welcomings, & funerals. He’s an ordained Humanistic rabbi who for 13 years served a DC congregation called Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism (‘Machar’=’tomorrow’ in Hebrew). He is a past president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis (the Chaplaincy's endorsing organization), a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street – working for a just peace between Israel & Palestine, & a former board member of the Humanist Society, the professional organization of chaplains and officiants active in the American Humanist Association (the national 501(c)(3) nonprofit of which the Chaplaincy is a chapter). Ben is also a social worker trained in counseling, community organizing, nonprofit leadership, & progressive advocacy.
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