Ben has extensive experience advising chemical clients on complex business sales, acquisitions and divestiture projects. He works with businesses from various industries including building products, lubricants and metalworking fluids as well as paints and coatings.
Bomb threats and swastika-painting incidents in Rockland County have left Jewish community members fearful and on edge, but some rabbis see an opportunity to rally their communities and add fresh vitality to synagogue life.
Early Life and Education
Ben is a sixth generation New Yorker, raised on the Lower East Side and attending Modern Orthodox yeshivas. He earned a BA in Media Studies from CUNY Queens College before joining YAFFED to use his relationship-building and strategic communication skills for social justice activism.
Rabbi Siepser of the Reform Temple of Rockland in Upper Nyack stated he has been striving to bring energy and enthusiasm back into his congregation since joining it in 2010.
Our aim was to use longitudinal observations of cognitive trajectories to characterize at-risk subpopulations and identify early life adversity factors on which to intervene. Through several econometric and behavioral analyses, this work produced some promising findings.
He serves on the Board of Rabbis, an organization that advocates for communal issues and fosters cooperative programs, while at the same time working to bring energy and excitement to his congregation. A scholarship from UW enabled him to attend college before founding one of the largest aerospace repair businesses in the country – now owned by him personally.
At Spandrel Development Partners, he utilizes his longstanding relationships to identify investment opportunities and conduct market due diligence, as well as to structure financing for each stage in the capital stack.
Formerly, he worked as an architectural designer at Petroff Partnership Architects and KPMB Architects, working on office, retail, multifamily and other projects for these firms. Now living in Brooklyn with his wife Sandra and enjoying live music and sports together.
Achievement and Honors
Ben Sharff has earned multiple accolades during his distinguished career. He was honored by various organizations for his accomplishments in entrepreneurship, community service and sports. Furthermore, he is also an accomplished musician and visual artist whose works aim to evoke sensory and introspective experiences through various mediums.
He currently serves as senior rabbi for Reform Temple of Rockland in Nyack, New York and previously was Rabbi at Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills Maryland.
Bethlehem Central High School recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellent study skills in mathematics courses at BCHS, along with an interest in further exploring this field of knowledge post high school graduation. This award is named in memory of Mr. Reissig, former Mathematics Department Supervisor.
Scharff serves as senior rabbi at the Reform Temple of Rockland in Nyack, New York and previously led Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, Maryland. Beginning his tenure at this synagogue on July 1st he has generated excitement around Jewish life among current and prospective congregants alike.
He is also the co-founder and head of strategic partnerships for 6FTCloser, a company which recognizes frontline workers by sending personalized thank you videos via text messaging. Working closely with large healthcare organizations, fire departments, and other agencies he encourages their workers to register.
He and Monika are married with two children together; as an adult he added an extra “f” to his last name due to custom among some of his ancestors.
He returned alongside O’Toole for Pleasure Palace (1981), playing Peter the Great opposite Claudia Cardinale and David Hemmings in Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) before appearing as Nicholas II of Russia in Grand Larceny (also 1986). For European TV, he later played Captain Nemo for 588 rue paradis (1991).
His real estate investments include Harborplace property in Baltimore and Faneuil Hall complex in Boston. However, some have accused him of allowing their marquee properties to fall into disrepair.