Scott Shafrin is currently the Assistant Rabbi and Religious School Director at Kol Rinah, a Conservative congregation in St. Louis, 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 in Los Angeles, 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.
Beyond his rabbinic work, Scott loves to engage with new people in places all around the world, travelling with American Jewish World Service and the Joint Distribution Committee to places like Nicaragua and Siberia. He is blessed to share his adventures with his wife Rabbi Jessica Shafrin, who is also a rabbi, a chaplain and a passionate teacher of Torah, and their son, Amitai.