Ben Richards is currently a 4th year rabbinical student at Ziegler Rabbinical School in Bel-Air, California. A native of the San Fernando Valley, Ben received a B.A. in Judaic Studies from UC San Diego in 2012. He has also spent a couple of years studying in Israel at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. During his first few years at Ziegler, Ben participated in a number of interfaith retreats which he found informative and community-building. In committing to being a NewGround fellow, he hopes to learn more about Muslim-Jewish relationships and how to develop strategies for dealing with conflicts that arise amidst these communities.