Jewish Living and Learning Staff
Rabbi Samantha Safran
Director, Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning
Rabbi Samantha holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters as well as her rabbinical title from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia. Originally from Great Neck, New York, she studied classics and philosophy at Colgate University and worked in film preservation before migrating to the Jewish professional world and, eventually, to rabbinical school.
At the J you will find Rabbi Samantha leading Tot Shabbat in the lobby, teaching Melton classes to adults and Judaics to preschoolers, organizing Jewish lectures and films, and facilitating lots of other Jewish learning experiences. In her spare time she enjoys listening to live music, reading the New Yorker magazine, watching classic movies, spending time outdoors, and discussing the merits of healthy eating with anyone who will listen. Samantha lives in Houston with her husband Sacha and their children Naya and Ezra.
"I believe that Judaism speaks to all aspects of life, from health, fitness and food, to ethics, philosophy and art. As a rabbi, I am committed to helping members expand their understanding of what it means to live Jewishly and purposefully, both at home and in community."