Rabbi David Ellenson, PhD & Chancellor Arnold Eisen, PhD – March 15, 2019
Rabbi Scott, from Akron, Ohio, received her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in June 2004. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, she received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Judaic Studies in 1998. While an undergraduate student, she attended a one-year course at Ben Gurion University in BeerSheva, Israel. Upon graduation from the University of Cincinnati, Rabbi Scott moved to Texas to assume a one-year fellowship with the Hillel Foundation of Greater Houston. She worked as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow throughout the year, focusing on outreach programming for the undergraduate students at Rice University and the University of Houston.
During her time at Hillel, she met her husband, David M. Scott, who was a law student at the University of Houston Law Center. Additionally, she had the opportunity that year to teach Sunday school at Congregation Beth Israel, as well as join the violin section of the Companile Orchestra at Rice University.
Following her position at Hillel, Rabbi Scott attended rabbinical school from 1999-2004. After spending her first year in Jerusalem, Israel, she returned to the Cincinnati, Ohio campus. During her time at HUC, Rabbi Scott served pulpits in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, and Florida. Additionally, she was very involved in both choral and orchestral groups throughout her rabbinical school career. Rabbi Scott and her husband returned to Houston in June 2004.
In September 2012, Rabbi Scott was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) of which she is a life member. Rabbi Scott is a member of the Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN). In 2014, Rabbi Scott was recognized by the Houston Woman Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Houston. She is active with the Houston Rabbinical Association (HRA) and participates in the Jewish Federation’s Fund for the Jewish Future.
Rabbi Scott and her husband, David are the parents of Beryt and Ezra, both students at The Shlenker School. Rabbi Scott enjoys being outdoors and staying active through a variety of activities. She is a devoted member of Crossfit Houston and has competed in both full and half marathons. When she isn’t at Beth Israel, she is often found running the streets of Houston.