Michael Shefrin was born and raised in Los Angeles and was ordained as Rabbi in May of 2016 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is honored to serve as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota, Florida where he and his wife, Shayna, are thrilled to be a part of the community. He earned his Master of Arts, Hebrew Letters in 2014 from HUC-JIR and his Bachelor of Arts, Communications at Sonoma State University in 1997. While in the midst of an exciting career in the entertainment industry, Michael experienced a life-changing shift in his goals after volunteering in the Jewish community. Today, he finds fulfillment helping people of all ages and backgrounds connect to their spirituality and elevate their lives and the world around us through Judaism.