Ben was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up in Tucson he attended religious school at Temple Emanu-El where his family celebrated his consecration, bar mitzvah and confirmation. Cantor Cohen loves to point out that he was one of her first bar mitzvah students.
Later Ben attended the University of Arizona and graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Ben became a registered architect in 1994, has operated his own firm since 1998 and is also a licensed contractor.
Ben met his wife Rosi while he was on a student exchange program and they were married in 1992. They joined Congregation Or Chadash in 2008 where they celebrated the bar mitzvot of their two sons, Jonathan and Daniel.
Ben joined the Board of Directors at Congregation Or Chadash in 2011