Keith Belden is in the final semester of a two-year Master of Arts in Judaic Studies program at HUC–JIR, Cincinnati. He graduated from California State University, Chico, with a BS in Civil Engineering and enjoyed a 35-year career as a civil engineer and land surveyor in California, Montana and Arizona. Keith came to synagogue education teaching fifth, sixth, and seventh grades in his synagogue in Tempe, AZ. He has also been active in adult education activities and temple life which provided the motivation to further his education. Upon retirement and encouragement from his wife, they relocated to Cincinnati so that Keith could further his Jewish learning at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati.