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Rabbi Eric Solomon was pegged to be a rabbi from a young age by everyone but himself. It took him until the end of college when he began to spiritually seek in earnest that he realized that rabbinical school might be a way for him to both search his soul and save the world. Even in rabbinical school, he was still unsure he made the right choice until he attended services at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City and became acquainted with his eventual mentors, Rabbis Roly Matalon and Marcelo Bronstein. It was then that he came to realize the enormous blessing and privilege it is to serve God and humanity through the congregational rabbinate.

Rabbi Solomon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland and then entered rabbinical school, spending three years in Jerusalem and three years in New York City. In Israel, he studied Rabbinic Literature at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and the Shalom Hartman Institute, and completed the Senior Educators program at the Hebrew University.

After Rabbi Solomon's ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2000, Rabbis Matalon and Bronstein selected him as the 4th Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinical Fellow at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (BJ). There, he successfully founded BJ's first-ever outpost, Congregation Tehillah, in Riverdale. In 2005, Rabbi Solomon gained entry into the Rabbinical Assembly and arrived in Raleigh to serve Beth Meyer Synagogue that same year.

Rabbi Solomon currently serves as the national Co-Chair of Truah: A Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and on the board of Urban Ministries of Wake County. He has travelled to Ghana on a service mission with the American Jewish World Service, developed his spiritual practice with teachers from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and holds the title of  Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

He has been recognized by the Raleigh News & Observer and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, as well as national rabbinic organizations, for his commitment to inter-religious dialogue and social justice. His thought pieces on issues ranging from the fair treatment of farm workers to the importance of maintaining empathy during war have appeared in various journals and newspapers.

Rabbi Solomon loves playing tennis and is an avid runner. He is married to Rabbi Dr. Jennifer Solomon, founding Director of the Libi Eir Community Mikveh and Director of Spiritual Engagement at Beth Meyer, and has three children, Meirav, Adiel and Natan.

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