Fascinating ultimately important a spiritual autobiography as compelling and original as its author. -- Michael Medved, film critic, nationally syndicated radio host
In the spirit of Jack London an amazing true life story of lifeguarding and surfing -- Arthur C. Verge, Ph.D., Professor of History, El Camino College
One of the most compelling autobiographies in recent memory, challenges the foundation of religious outlook a breathtaking spiritual expedition. -- Rabbi Aaron Parry, educational director, Jews for Judaism and former spiritual leader, Young Israel of Beverly Hills
Shifren fuses the raw force and power of the ocean with the essence of Kabbalah and the infinite wonders of the soul -- Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon, Bais Bezalel, Los Angeles
About the Author
At the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War he became a kibbutz volunteer, and in 1977 emigrated to Israel. Shifren served in the Israeli Defense Forces and received a degree in Combat Fitness Training at the prestigious Machon Wingate Institute for Sports in Netanya, Israel.
Shifren received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and German Literature. He continued graduate studies in West Germany at the University of Goettingen. Rabbi Shifren is a language teacher and is fluent in Spanish, German, Hebrew and Yiddish.
Rabbi Shifren attended Toras Chayim Yeshiva in Jerusalem and Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim in Kfar Chabad, Israel, where he received his rabbinical ordination in 1990.
He has been featured in People magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Jerusalem Post, GQ magazine, The Jewish Press, Surfer magazine, The Jerusalem Report, as well as Le Figaro, The Manchester Guardian, Sud-Deutsche Zeitung, and other international media. He has appeared on ABCs Good Morning America, CNN, Phil Donohue, NPR radio, JTN, Fox TV, Deutsche Welle TV, Dutch, Spanish and Canadian National TV, KNX Radio, KBRT, and KFI Los Angeles. He founded Jewish Surfers International and the Surf & Soul newsletter. A movie based on Surfing Rabbi is currently in development.
Rabbi Shifren lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rivkah and their 4 children. He is actively involved in physical fitness training, surfing and water safety. He continues to publish, lecture and teachand is known worldwide as The Surfing Rabbi.