Semikha, Class of 2019
Rabbi Raphi Ozarowski
Judaic Studies Faculty, Solomon Schecter Day School
Born and raised in Skokie, IL, Raphi Ozarowski learned at Yeshivat Hakotel, graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University, and spent time at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. While at YCT, he interned at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School and SAR Academy, facilitated the Meorot Fellowship, and is currently working to complete an M.A. through the Davidson School of Jewish Education. Raphi believes strongly in music as a unifying force in community, and led spirited pre-Shabbat song and Parsha for three years with middle school students at Kinneret Day School. Raphi has been guest scholar and chazan at a variety of communities, including Illini Hillel, Northwestern Hillel, Congregation Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob, and Mercaz Seattle. He also served as Rabbinic Chaplain at SelfHelp Community Services, where he worked with Holocaust survivors and completed a unit of CPE. He is a member of the team at Hillel Day School in suburban Detroit as a Judaic Studies Teacher.