Brian Nelson grew up outside Minneapolis, MN where he remained to earn BA in history at the University of Minnesota. After working in youth programming and teaching he started studying at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. Brian extended his rabbinical studies for an additional year in order to earn an MA in Religious Education at HUC-JIR in New York, and is now in his last year of the Rabbinical program in Cincinnati. During his HUC career Brian has served as an Rabbinic Intern, Assistant Chaplain, Rabbinic-Education Intern, and Student Rabbi at congregations, hospitals, and other facilities in West Virginia, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Ohio. Currently he is serving as the Student Rabbi at Temple B’nai Israel in Parkersberg, WV, Rabbinic Intern/Fellow at Cedar Village Retirement Community, and President of the HUC-JIR Cincinnati Rabbinical Student Association. He is writing a thesis on how kavannah, as a part of a Jewish life, is a practice that can be used to reinvigorate spiritual development, especially with Millennials and Gen-Xers, though a variety of techniques including prayer, meditation, music, Mussar, and the development of ritual practices derived from halachic observances.