What people call you: Rabbi, Rabbi Hyim, Rabbi Shafner, Hyim, Chaim

Congregation: Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue

Location: DC

Denomination: Orthodox

Ordained from: Yeshiva University

What do you love most about your work? I love helping individuals grow as Jews and people. I love creating more community and Jewish unity in the world.

Programs/Services you run/offer: Weddings and other Lifecycle Events, Group Learning, LGBTQIA Counseling, Conversions, Shabbat Services, Holiday Services, Young Family Opportunities, Counseling

How is Judaism valuable in your life? I grew up in a small town as the only Orthodox Jew and so I have always seen the Jewish people as a family. I believe every Jewish person wants to get something deep from their Jewish life. This vision guides my work as a Rabbi. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, analytically trained.