Rabbi Dena Shaffer
Executive Director of 4Front
As Executive Director of 4Front, Rabbi Dena (or Rabbs, as the teens say!) provides visionary and strategic leadership for the implementation of 4Front’s goals and objectives. Her primary responsibilities include planning, development, and evaluation of existing and new initiatives that will help advance the vision for increased numbers of teens engaged in Jewish life throughout Baltimore.
For five years, Rabbi Dena served the Reform Jewish community as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she played a leadership role innovating, implementing, and supervising youth engagement initiatives. In addition to her Rabbinic Ordination, she holds a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults through the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has expertise in adolescent development, experiential education, relationship building, and community structural change. Rabbi Dena also holds a black belt in Taekwondo and when she’s not kicking butt she can usually be found cuddling with her pup, Darby.
dshaffer@4Frontbaltimore.org | 410.500.5983