Young Israel to host scholar-in-residence weekend

Marc Shapiro is the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton.

Young Israel of St. Louis will welcome Marc Shapiro as the congregation’s scholar-in-residence on April 13-14.

Shapiro, who earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. 

With a focus on modern Jewish history, rabbinic literature and Jewish philosophy and ethics, Shapiro has written multiple books, including “Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy: The Life and Works of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg, 1884-1966” and “Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreters” (University of Scranton Press, 2008). Shapiro is also an online lecturer for Torah in Motion, for which he leads Jewish history tours.

The schedule of events includes: 


• Friday, April 13: 7p.m. Mincha/ Kabbalat Shabbat; 8:15 p.m. catered dinner at Young Israel (adults/$20, children 3-12/$16; Family max $70). Shapiro will speak on “The Origins of Modern Orthodoxy.” RSVP to [email protected] or 314-727-1880

• Saturday, April 14: Schacharit at 9 a.m.; drasha/shiur at 11:15 a.m. Drasha/ Shiur (Kiddush to follow) on “Judaism and Islam: Some Halakhic and Historical Perspectives.”  At 5:45 p.m. Shapior discusses “Rav Shlomo Goren: The Revolutionary Chief Rabbi” during a pre-Mincha shiur. Mincha is at 6:45 p.m., followed at 7:15 by an enhanced family Seudah Shlishit, where Shapiro will speak on “R. Kook and the Modern Return to the Land of Israel.”

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

The scholar-in-residence weekend is supported by Adinah and Heschel Raskas, their children and grandchildren, in loving memory of their parents, Ralph and Annette Raskas and Max and Erna Waltuch.