Hi my name is Ariel Gachupin and I am the Chaplains office Coordinator. I’ve been working at the Chaplaincy for one year and have had a great time working with the Chaplains, Religious Affiliates, and students of The Claremont Colleges. I assist behind the scenes in getting programs together and publicizing them throughout the Colleges. When the campus is open, you can find me in the McAlister Center for Religious Activities front office greeting you as you walk in. If you have general Chaplaincy questions, need assistance meeting with a Chaplain, or assistance with a religious/spiritual event or meeting, please reach out to me. Email
Rabbi Danny Shapiro Jewish Chaplain
I was born and raised in Oceanside, NY on the south shore of Long Island. I went to public school, and was almost kicked out of Hebrew school, but I did manage to study enough for my Bar Mitzvah. I never went to Jewish camp or youth group, and mainly just celebrated the major holidays growing up. I think I would have loved studying at one of the 5Cs. Students usually say I would have been either at Pitzer or Pomona. If I could go back in time, I think I would actually apply to Harvey Mudd for Computer Science. In reality, I studied biology at Boston University and study abroad in Haifa during junior year. After graduation in 2009, I moved to Jerusalem for a few years to study at the Conservative Yeshiva. I spent a lot of time wandering the streets of Jerusalem looking for the best falafel. Eventually I moved to Los Angeles and studied at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. During my third year of Rabbinical School, I returned to study in Jerusalem, and met my husband Max. I am starting my fifth year working at Claremont and live in Altadena with my husband Max (he is also a Rabbi) and our dog Oogie. Most days I believe in some form of God, and I enjoy studying Torah and Talmud. When it comes down to it though, I became a Rabbi and love Judaism because I believe in its best form it encourages meaningful living within supportive and loving communities. I hope you will join for an event sometime, or stop by (virtually) to say hello.
!ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُم I was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Dallas Texas (I am a Green Bay Packers fan—long story), my NBA allegiance is generally more location-fluid, currently Lakers and Clippers, I know! I have lived all over the US, except for the Midwest. I have traversed the globe for personal and professional explorations, including studying abroad in Istanbul and Oman. I was not into religion or spirituality in my more nascent years. It was during college that I went to Mecca for ‘Umrah (mini-Ḥajj) and experienced a salient connection with the Divine. I was in an Islamic “Super Saiyan” mode, but I did not have a strong Muslim support system or spiritual guide to model the application of being Muslim in America, which effectively motivated me to become a chaplain. My purpose then evolved to spiritually connecting people of all backgrounds. I am super into comics and general nerdy stuff-but in a cool way, (I have limits people). I love engaging in a (halal-ish) life of holistic wellness participating in a myriad of physical and mindful activities including Wing Chun (詠春) Kung Fu. You can find me across the 7Cs at the gyms, dining halls, campus specific social events, and of course at the McAlister interfaith center. The focus of my work is the intersectionality (coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw) of spirituality and social justice. I advise various interfaith and cross-cultural student groups and try my best to convince students, spirituality is cool and to “be excellent to each other.”
I am a journalist and media producer as well as a priest. After studies at Catholic University and American University in Washington, DC and Arizona State University, I began my television career at PBS in Washington, DC and then with ABC News, NBC News and CBS-TV in New York where I anchored and produced television programs and a weekly series on the NBC Radio Network. I later moved to London, England where I continued producing programs for the BBC and ITV. I produced interfaith programs in consultation with the major faith groups in the USA. I have a PH.D in theology and American history and an M.A. in journalism. I have ministered as parish priest and seminary professor in addition to my media projects and I am a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA, LA. I have many fine friends in the entertainment industry.