Meet Our Rabbis

Rabbi Ariel Shoshan

Rabbi Ariel Shoshan is the founding rabbi of Ahavas Torah: The Scottsdale Torah Center, a shul and community-centered network of services that provides passionate, authentic, and welcoming Yiddishkeit to thousands.

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 Ner Yisrael Baltimore 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. Over the last 22 years, Rabbi Shoshan has developed close ties with many leading roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, and admorim – most notably the Spinka Rebbe of Williamsburg shlita.

Rabbi Shoshan received semicha from Ner Yisrael and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He 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. As a function of his position at Ahavas Torah, Rabbi Shoshan plays a leadership role in many vital components of the Greater Phoenix community. He is a member of the new Vaad HaTzedakah, a consultant to the Vaad HaKashrus, and the founder of the Valley Eruv Project and the Esformes Family Mikvah. He previously served as a faculty member of Torah Day School of Phoenix, Yeshiva High School of Arizona, and Shearim High School for Girls, during each of the schools’ formative years.

Rabbi Shoshan is a member of the Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim of Agudath Israel of America, works closely with the leadership of Torah Umesorah: National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, leads a rabbinic chabura for the OU, and is a frequent presenter in communities nationwide and on behalf of national organizations. His popular weekly Nesivos Shalom shiur on All Parsha is a taste of the fire that warms the Scottsdale community and its thousands of annual visitors.

Rabbi Shoshan proudly serves the greater community as a volunteer chaplain for the Scottsdale Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Secret Service.

Rabbi Noach Muroff

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Noach Muroff joined the Ahavas Torah team, serving as Associate Rabbi, in August of 2017. In addition to his rabbinic and teaching roles, he coordinates all elements of visitor hospitality and helping new Scottsdale families learn about all we have to offer.

Rabbi Muroff was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. After attending Ottawa Torah Institute High School, he studied in Yeshivas Bais Yisroel in Jerusalem for six years.  While in Eretz Yisrael, he received his semicha/ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.  Rabbi Muroff then obtained his Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University in Chicago. While still a full-time Yeshiva student, he enrolled in the Ohr LaGolah Teacher Training Program to further foster his desire and skills to teach Torah to students of varied backgrounds.   Rabbi Muroff served as a high school Rebbi in Connecticut and suburban Atlanta for eight years and as Director of Outreach at the Kehilla in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  In 2013, Rabbi Muroff made international headlines for returning $98,000 that he found in a desk that he purchased on Craigslist.

Rabbi Muroff serves the community as the Boys’ Assistant Principal at Torah Day School of Phoenix.  He and his wife Esther are blessed with seven children and are thrilled to be part of the AT family.

Rabbi Avraham Aboulafia

Magid Shiur / Director of Operations

Rabbi Avraham Aboulafia joined our community in September of 2019.  Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, he spent five years learning at the Gateshead Yeshiva in Gateshead, England and enjoyed a close relationship with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Avraham Gurwitz.  He also learned many areas of halacha with the famous late posek, Rabbi Eliahu Falk zt”l, with whom he had a close connection.

Rabbi Aboulafia gives multiple shiurim every day including his popular chabura that meets seven days a week, and he hosts the Thursday night Leil Shishi. He spends the majority of his day within the walls of our shul, studying Torah and halacha in depth, preparing classes, and tending to all aspects of the shul’s operations. He is also a cherished rebbe throughout the community, offering shiurim and guidance to young and old, men, women, and children, within the Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Israeli populations Valley-wide.