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.