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Scholar in Residence: Dr. Marc Shapiro

Saturday, March 9, 9:15AM




Join us for morning services after which Dr. Marc Shapiro will deliver a seminar on “Jewish Life and Law: Some Sephardic Perspectives.”


Followed by an enhanced dairy/vegetarian kiddush in the Elias room. 


Dr. Shapiro holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic at the University of Scranton and is the author of various books and articles on Jewish history, philosophy, and theology. His writings often challenge the bounds of the conventional Orthodox understanding of Judaism using academic methodology while adhering to Modern Orthodox sensibilities. Shapiro is a popular on-line lecturer for Torah in Motion and often writes for the Seforim Blog.


Shapiro received his BA at Brandeis University and his PhD at Harvard University, where he was the last of the students of the late Prof. Isadore Twersky.


Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.

First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America.