Young Israel, Orthodox Union plan scholar-in-residence weekend

On Nov. 3 and 4, Young Israel of St. Louis and the Orthodox Union’s Department of Synagogue and Community Services will present a scholar-in-residence weekend with Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director of the OU.

Friday’s events begin at 5:45 p.m., with Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by an 8:45 p.m. oneg at the home of Murray and Eva Bresler in University City (call or email for address — see contact details below). Weil will discuss “The 50th Anniversary of the Event That Changed Jewish Destiny: An Analysis of the Six-Day War.”

On Saturday at Young Israel, Shacharit is at 9 a.m., with a Drasha by Weil during davening, “The Akeidah.” 

At 11:45 a.m. Rebbetzin Yael Weil leads a shiur after davening, “Are You My Mother? Infertility and the Imahot.” 


Kiddush will be at 12:30 p.m., with Mincha at 5:15 p.m. and Maariv at 6:45. Rabbi Weil will present a shiur between Mincha and Maariv on “An Historical Blueprint.”

Young Israel is located at 8101 Delmar Blvd. in University City. For more information, call 314-727-1880, email [email protected] or visit

Weil began working for the OU in 2009. Previously he led led the Young Israel of Oak Park, Mich., followed by Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, Calif. Weil is a passionate advocate for Israel and for Jewish education and has served internationally as scholar-in-residence. Weil resides in New Jersey with his wife, Yael, and they have seven children. Their daughter and son-in-law are Young Israel of St. Louis members Dr. Malky and Capt. David Spektor.

Yael Weil has taught in Hebrew Schools, day schools and high schools in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and California. She has been a proponent of adult education, specifically for women, and has lectured for synagogues, Federations, and women’s groups across the country. She teaches at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in New Jersey and gives a weekly Parashat Hashavua shiur at Keter Torah.