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Rabbi Scott Shafrin

Religious School Director and Associate Rabbi
rabbishafrin@kolrinahstl.org

Before coming to Kol Rinah in 2016, Rabbi Shafrin served as Rabbi-in-Residence at The Epstein School, a Solomon Schechter Day School in the Atlanta metro area and simultaneously worked as a rabbinic partner at Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, GA. He is an avid musician and singer. A Milwaukee, WI native and graduate of Brandeis University, Rabbi Shafrin has deep experience in community organizing. He received a M.A. Ed. from the Fingerhut School of Education and rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, both housed within the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Shafrin and his wife, Rabbi Jessica Shafrin have two wonderful children, Amitai and Nadav.
 

Melissa Bellows

 

Youth & Family Program Coordinator
melissa@kolrinahstl.org

My name is Melissa Bellows and I’m thrilled to be joining the Kol Rinah community as the Youth and Family Program Coordinator! 
I am originally from Minneapolis, though I have lived in Chicago, Israel, and Cincinnati in the past decade! I received my Bachelor’s degree in theater from Drake University, and transferred my theatrical skills to the classroom to receive a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
I have worked with all ages in the Jewish world, from young families, teens, and parents, and I am looking forward to bringing those experiences to Kol Rinah. 
My husband, Adam, is the Assistant Rabbi at United Hebrew Congregation in Chesterfield, and we love being a part of the larger St Louis Jewish Community! We have 3 children, Max, Lila , and Jonah. 
I look forward to getting to know this special community, and getting to form relationships with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any thoughts, ideas, or concerns - or just to say hi! 
 

Tony J. Westbrook, Jr

     Pre-K/Kindergarten Teacher 

Tony J. Westbrook, Jr. is an award winning  educator and community leader based in St. Louis, MO. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis. Tony also serves as a freelance Jewish life consultant. When he's not teaching innovative Torah on social media or in person, he is working to address issues of racial inequality, discrimination, diversity, and inclusion throughout the St. Louis community. Tony earned his B.A. in Communication Studies from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, and graduated from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem with certificates in Judaic Studies and in Experiential Jewish Education.

Karen Kern

 

1st/2nd Grade Teacher 

Karen, our new Music Specialist who attended SIUE, is new to KRRS, but not to Kol Rinah. She has helped lead the KR Kabbalat Shabbat Services. Karen plays the piano, guitar and hand drums. For the past four years, she has attended Song Leader Bootcamp, an immersive, inspirational, and strategic Jewish leadership program for Jewish clergy, educators, and song leaders.  In addition to being the co-director of the North County Home-school Choir, Karen has been homeschooling her children since 2002. You might find Karen working out, hiking, bike riding or reading in her spare time.
 

Joyce Cohen Olshan

 

3rd Grade Teacher

I have a lovely family; a husband of over 30 years, Bob, and three adult children; Yonit, Maayan and Dovran. After graduating from Ladue High School, I received my undergraduate degree in Judaic Studies from UMKC and my graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Mizzou. I worked as an Occupational Therapist in various hospitals and schools in St. Louis and in Israel and as a guide at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv. My Hebrew skills come from having lived in Israel for over 10 years. As an OT, I created a family book called My Wakeup Book, that is on Amazon. I have been involved in Jewish Education and synagogue activities for many years. I have been a member of Kol Rinah  (previously Shaare Zedek) for all my many years. 
 

Hazzan Howard Shalowitz

 
 
4th/5th Grade Teacher
(Sunday and Wednesday)
Hazzan Howard A. Shalowitz is an attorney, teacher, television host, and former State Senate candidate. After being graduated from the Solomon Schechter Day School and the High School of Jewish Studies in Chicago, he attended Tulane University for the first two years of his undergraduate education performing in operettas, singing with the New Orleans Symphony, and serving as hazzan at Tikvat Shalom Congregation.
He is on the faculty of Webster University as an Adjunct Professor teaching Jewish Music, has served as an instructor in business law at St. Louis Community College, judges competitions at Washington University School of Law, formerly served on the school boards of both Logos School and Block Yeshiva High School, and was on the faculty for the Central Agency for Jewish Education.
Moreh Howard is excited to join our KoREH family as both a teacher and a parent to two amazing young learners!
 

Brigit Burke

 

6th/7th Grade Teacher 
(Sunday and Wednesday)
 
Brigit Burke knows that her purpose in life is to take care of young children. She delights in creating fun and educational activities for her students. She is a graduate of the American Hebrew Academy, and is always excited to study more about Judaism, as well as to share her knowledge.  When she is not working with our 6th/7th grade students at KoREH, Brigit is a teacher at our Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center. Brigit is the third of four children and enjoys spending time with her nephews. 
 
Sat, July 2 2022 3 Tammuz 5782