“Getting to see and experience the Western Wall, especially with my wife, had an impact,” Benton said. The trip “provided a lot of exposure to the work that [Jewish] Federation does, and I wanted to remain involved when we returned,” he said.
“My wife and I are in the NextGen age range, and when an opportunity to serve on the NextGen board came up, I took it,” he said.
Benton and his wife participate in several NextGen events, such as community Shabbat dinners and programs organized by the Jewish Relief Agency to pack food donations. NextGen also partners with Habitat for Humanity to repair homes for seniors in Northeast Philadelphia.
Benton said he has seen, in his work with Jewish Federation through NextGen and other programs, the way that Jewish Federation provides support to a broad spectrum of people.
“Supporting the Jewish community is important to both of us,” he said.
Benton grew up in Allentown and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2004, he received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and earned an LL.M. in trial advocacy in 2010 from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Benton moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to join Richard M. Ochroch & Associates, where he represents businesses and individuals in state and federal court insurance coverage cases. That includes property damage claims involving fire, wind, and water damage. He also represents personal injury victims in negligence cases.
Aside from his law practice, Benton provides legal support to abused and neglected children as a volunteer attorney at the Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates, where he represents children in dependency actions.
Benton serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, which provides training to volunteers to advocate for children in dependency actions. In addition, he is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and an elected committee person on Philadelphia’s 30th Ward Democratic Committee.
He lives in the Graduate Hospital area and plans to stay in the city. Benton is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and watched the Sixers playoff season with great anticipation.
“The Sixers are so much fun to watch — I love the energy that Joel Embid adds to the team,” he said.
This article is part of an occasional series of profiles of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia supporters.
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