Rabbi Fox

Scott Fox


(562) 434-0996 ext 214

While we all walk through the same doorway to Temple Israel, each of us has had different moments that brought us to call this sacred space our home. Rabbi Scott Fox is excited to talk together about what makes Temple Israel near and dear to your heart. He is inspired by moments of connection, by the conversations and experiences that allow us to share the things that are deep in our souls with one another. Rabbi Fox keeps the door to his office open for just that reason. He cannot wait to hear what you love and care about, and what sacred moments have impacted your life.

Before joining Temple Israel, Rabbi Fox served as Associate Rabbi at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and as the Reform Campus Rabbi at Cornell University.  An innovator, community organizer, and practiced leader, Rabbi Fox worked in partnership with congregants, students and community leaders to bring new initiatives and make positive social change with these two large and historied communities.

Born and raised in San Diego, Rabbi Fox graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Modern Jewish Fiction with Highest Honors.  He received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

His writings and reflections have been published by the Union for Reform Judaism, Ritualwell, Indianapolis Star and Huffington Post. Titles of his writings include “Reflections on San Bernadino,” “How to Listen to Our Children’s Questions About God,” and “Finding a Seat at the Table.”

Rabbi Fox is also a trained Jazz guitarist, he studied with John Pisano in Los Angeles.

When Rabbi Fox is not creating new and exciting initiatives with members of the community, he can be seen frequenting guitar stores and jazz jams.  He loves to meditate, spend time by the ocean, and go on hikes in and around Long Beach  with his partner Dori and their child Adi.