Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss is the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Shma Koleinu. He served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El, Houston, from 2009 to 2011 following his 12 year tenure as Associate Rabbi and Director of Congregational Education and Outreach for Temple Emanu El in Birmingham, AL from 1999-2011.
Rabbi Scott was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1999 and received Masters Degrees in Hebrew Letters and Jewish Education. Rabbi Scott has continued to advance his professional credentials in many ways since ordination. Most recently, Rabbi Scott has begun work towards the completion of a Certificate in Jewish Educational Technology from the Jewish Theological Seminary. As a member of its first cohort of Master Jewish educators, this program is one that will enhance his knowledge and implementation of high tech Jewish educational efforts for all ages. Rabbi Scott has also just recently become a Certified Facilitator of The Daring Way™, the program for self-improvement and personal growth created by and based upon the research of Dr. Brene Brown (Author of the NY Times Best Sellers: Rising Strong, The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought it Was Just Me. Rabbi Scott is the only Rabbi worldwide amongst the 1500 trained facilitators of The Daring Way™. He is also a trained Ayeka educator, a series of curricula focused on the teaching of Jewish wisdom that goes deeper than knowledge acquisition and leaves a lasting impact on not only the mind, but the heart and soul as well. In addition to his many and varied CSK responsibilities, Rabbi Scott is a contract clergy staff member of the Menninger Clinic. These experiences and training, amongst others, are central to Rabbi Scott's regimen to insure that he is always challenged and honing his skills as a spiritual leader, most importantly for the purpose of serving his community, Congregation Shma Koleinu or CSK. CSK was founded in December, 2013, by passionate lay leaders as an experiment in what a Jewish community can be. Rabbi Scott is honored to be at the helm of this optimistic view of the future of the Jewish people in Houston and the United States.
Rabbi Scott met his wife Natalie at Camp Swig in 1992 and it was love at first sight. They are the parents of two wonderful young men, Abraham (18) and Samuel (14). They are also great dog lovers who are the owners of a beautiful Golden Retriever named Maggie.