Who is Aaron?

Hi!  My name is Aaron.  I am a California native, and resident of San Francisco since 2009.  I am married and have 3 beautiful children.  I’ve been building websites for people since 1997.  I studied computer science at California State University, Northridge and worked as a Software Engineer from 2004 – 2008.  I got to write code for some very cool projects including, a Medical Imaging Platform for MRI research, an intrusion detection and automated lockdown system for the CSUN network, and the Ground Data System for the NASA Curiosity Rover.  I love programming.  But I’m also a person of deep faith with a deep desire to challenge myself in new areas!  In 2008 my wife and I quit our jobs and spent four months traveling in Israel and India.  We led a Christian Missions program for an organization called Jews for Jesus (we are both Jewish believers in Jesus) – we toured all over Israel then trecked all over Northern India.  It was an amazing time, and we decided we wanted to continue working with Jews for Jesus to lead more teams to Israel and India.  In the fall of 2008, we arrived home from India and headed straight to New York where we got trained and ordained as ministers with Jews for Jesus.  Afterwards we were deployed as ministers to San Francisco where we worked out of the Jews for Jesus international Headquarters and embarked on our next great adventure: communal living.  For the next four and a half years, we led missions teams to Israel during the summers, and led a discipleship community out of a 9 bedroom Victorian house on Haight Street during the rest of the year.  It was an amazing adventure.  Our daughter Rina and our son Rafi were born while we ran the house!  Once we had two kids it didn’t make sense for us to run the discipleship community anymore so we moved to a cozy little house in the Sunset.  Over the years my role within Jews for Jesus grew and I was appointed to be the “Minister-At-Large” and the Director of Recruitment for the international work of Jews for Jesus.  I began traveling to speak on behalf of the organization and to preach in churches about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.  I love studying, teaching, and preaching the Bible!  I began writing regularly for the quarterly Havurah magazine.  In early 2014 I was completely honored to share the stage with Dr Walter Kaiser as I presented a paper about Israeli-Trekker Ministry at the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) conference.  At the end of 2014 I was appointed the Director of Digital at Jews for Jesus – leading our digital team responsible for the web site, social media, content marketing, video production, and online fundraising.  In April, 2015 our family expanded again… Rocco was born!

Wow… I’m really tired of writing about myself…

To summarize:

I design websites, I program custom code, I consult for business and nonprofits, I lead a team of awesome staff, I write about topics that interest me, I speak at conferences and conventions, I teach the Bible, and I preach in churches… But only when I’m not: wrestling with my kids, sipping wine with my wife, hanging out with my friends and family, going on adventures, or pursuing new hobbies.

Where can you find Aaron?

Visit Medium for a collection of Aaron’s thoughts and other fiction writing.  Visit Trank.org for Aaron’s Bible teaching and Messianic Jewish Ministry.  Visit TheUpgradedWeb.com for Aaron’s podcast about the internet (and for web consulting services too).  The best way to contact Aaron is through Twitter or SMS.  For business propositions or job offers please connect with Aaron on LinkedIn.