Rabbi Ariel Shoshan is the founding rabbiof Ahavas Torah: The Scottsdale Torah Center. He serves as a part-time rebbe at both Yeshiva High School of Arizona and Torah Day School of Phoenix, as rabbinic director of Valley Eruv Project, and as rabbinic advisor of Ezras Cholim of Phoenix.
A descendant of a well-known Vishnitzer family and raised in Chicago, Rabbi Shoshan was profoundly influenced by his rebbe, Rabbi Meyer Juzint zt”l. After studying for two years in Yeshivat Hakotel, Rabbi Shoshan learned in Baltimore's Ner Israel Rabbinical College from 1995 through 2002. While in Baltimore, he achieved close relationships with many of his rabbeim, most importantly the Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l, and ybl”c Rabbi Yissocher Frand and Rabbi Tzvi Berkowitz shlita.
Hereceived semicha from Ner Israel and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Rabbi Shoshan served as the director of the Phoenix Community Kollel from 2002 through 2007 and founded Ahavas Torah, together with his wife Ayala and 13 other families, in late 2004.
Rabbi Shoshan is a member of the Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim of Agudath Israel of America, and works closely with the leadership of Torah Umesorah: National Society for Hebrew Day Schools. In addition to his current classes at Yeshiva High School and Torah Day School, he has taught extensively for Shearim Torah High School for Girls and JAC: Jewish Arizonans on Campus. A sought-after speaker, he is a regular lecturer by video-conference for Ner L'Elef Rabbinic Training Program in Jerusalem, and has been a guest speaker in communities and campuses across the country and beyond. Rabbi Shoshan also proudly serves the greater community as a volunteer chaplain for the Scottsdale Police Department and the United States Secret Service.