Rabbi Nick Renner is the senior Jewish educator at Hillel at the University of Delaware. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Rabbi Renner earned his master’s degree along with the title of rabbi from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2014. Before coming to UD Hillel, Rabbi Renner served as assistant rabbi at Congregation Kehillat Israel (KI) in Pacific Palisades, Calif., where he served at the range of funerals, weddings, b’nai mitzvah and baby namings/brit milah. He was heavily involved in education for adults and teens, with a focus on Talmudic stories and contemporary Israel.
Rabbi Renner earned his bachelor’s degree in international comparative studies (ICS) from Duke University, focusing on the Middle East. During his time at Duke, Rabbi Renner played in the university’s jazz program. For more than 15 years, Rabbi Renner has played guitar and bass in a range of musical groups, in styles including rock, funk, blues, hip-hop, jazz and folk. He has played both live and in studios in North Carolina, the Israeli city of Netanya, Philadelphia and West LA.
Rabbi Renner lives in Wilmington, Del., with his wife, Kimmy, and their son, Isaac.