Rabbi Hoffman

Rabbi Hoffman

Scott Hoffman

Rabbi Scott Hoffman was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He grew up in Shaare Tefila Congregation, where his passion for Judaism was nurtured by many people, most notably Rabbi Martin Halpern z”l and Cantor Gershon Levin z”l. He was a participant in the International Bible Contest in Israel in 1979, one of eight high school students representing the United States. Rabbi Hoffman earned a BA in the Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, an MHL and ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1991 (where he was the recipient of the Hackenburg Prize as outstanding student in the field of midrash) and more recently a Ph.D. in Talmud and rabbinics from New York University. His primary academic interest is the analysis of Biblical and rabbinic texts, often in ways that are “outside the box.”

Rabbi Hoffman’s first pulpit after his ordination was at Chevra Thilim Synagogue in New Orleans, where he served as Rabbi from July 1991- June 1993. He was really our Rabbi because of the later consolidation of Chevra Thilim and Tikvat Shalom into Shir Chadash. Most of Rabbi Hoffman’s career after leaving Chevra Thilim was spent serving two congregations in Long Island, the Lake Success Jewish Center (1995-2007) and Temple Israel of South Merrick (2007- 2018).

Rabbi Hoffman has a very distinguished career. A recipient of several awards and honors and author of scholarly articles and publications, he is a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau/Suffolk/Queens and has served on the boards of the RA Executive Council, the Hillel Institute for Conversion, the Long Island Board of Rabbis, the Great Neck Interfaith Clergy Association and the Black/Jewish Coalition for Justice. He has also served as a nursing home and hospice chaplain in Long Island and as an instructor of Talmud and rabbinics at List College/JTS.

Rabbi Hoffman has been married since 1989 to Phyllis Golden Hoffman, an opera singer with degrees from the Hartt School of Music (BA) and the Manhattan School of Music (MA). Phyllis has been for the last several years a teacher at PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, located in Coney Island. Rabbi and Phyllis are the proud parents of three adult children, David (29), Reuven (27) and Ethan (25). Besides his work and family, Rabbi Hoffman’s passion is running, a sport he has loved since his mother bought him Nike Waffle Trainers in 1976.