Rabbi Sholom Skolnik is city born with an out-of-town heart. He grew up in Brooklyn NY and studied there in Yeshivah for many years. He later studied for several years in Yeshiva in Israel, before returning to the states where he met his wife Chaviva in Queens NY. Rabbi Skolnik spent several years studying in a Sephardic Kollel in Great Neck, NY before moving to Phoenix, AZ. There Rabbi Skolnik was involved extensively in community outreach programming involving classes, activities, and one-on-one learning. Rabbi Skolnik received his Semicha ( rabbinic ordination) from the Phoenix Community Kollel, before moving to Portland to assume a teaching position at Maayan Torah Day School. Rabbi Skolnik is currently pursuing his Masters in Teacher Leadership at Brandeis University. Rabbi Skolnik and his wife Chaviva are currently blessed with three beautiful girls, Freida Leah 10, Sarah Ita 5, and Ahuvah Bracha 1 1/2. He is an outdoors enthusiast in love with the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Outside of teaching, Rabbi Skolnik can be found cycling, running, swimming, rock climbing, or making another attempt at summiting Mount Hood.