Brett Kopin

Seeker. Writer. Snacker.

Brett was born and raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, where he majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. He received Rabbinic Ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles in 2021. He spent a large part of his early 20’s hiking and camping in national parks, exploring the United States, and learning in diverse communities throughout the Jewish world, including ultra-orthodox yeshivot, Tzfat, and SVARA. When it comes to Jewish learning, he has an affinity for finding numerological and structural patterns in Torah. He currently serves as the Middle School Division Rabbi at Milken Community School in Los Angeles.

He is the co-screenwriter of the animated film, The Tattooed Torah, and the feature-length documentary, For The Living. In January 2022, he co-authored a book with Dr. Ron Wolfson called Creating Sacred Communities, selected as the USCJ's 2022 "Big Read." His passions include road tripping, hiking, writing, cooking, ice cream making, discovering new faces of Torah, personal finance and taking long walks up hills. Brett now runs Base LA with his wife, Rabbi Sofia Zway. You can reach Rabbi Brett at