Rabbi Scott Shafrin
Scott Shafrin is currently the Associate Rabbi and Religious School Director at Kol Rinah, a Conservative congregation in University City, MO. He was ordained from the American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2013, where he also received a Master’s Degree in Education. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rabbi Shafrin is also an avid musician, starting on the piano at age three, and moving on to guitar, drums, trumpet and others. As a community organizer, rabbi, and educator, Scott has worked tirelessly to connect people of all ages to the world of meaning found in the Jewish tradition by engaging with them through dialogue, Jewish texts, tefillah, music, social justice, and leadership building. He has worked as a social justice organizer in both Boston and Los Angeles, as the Rabbi in Residence at the Epstein School in Atlanta, GA, and sees building relationships with people and connecting them to one another to be an essential part of his rabbinate. Scott was also one of the founding AIPAC Leffel Fellows, recruiting and inspiring future Jewish leaders to advocate in support of Israel, as well as a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow in 2017-18.
Beyond his rabbinic work, Scott is blessed to share his adventures with his wife, Rabbi Jessica Shafrin, a hospital chaplain and a passionate teacher of Torah, and their incredible boys, Amitai and Nadav.