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Jewish Thought & History

Shai Held

Mechon Hadar

Rabbi Dr. Shai Held is Co-Founder, Rosh Yeshiva, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Before that, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and halakha at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. A renowned lecturer and educator, Rabbi Held is a 2011 recipient of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. He has taught for institutions such as Drisha, Me’ah, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and the Rabbinic Training Institute, and currently serves on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage program.  Author of the recently released book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (Indiana University Press, 2013), Rabbi Held has a PhD in religion from Harvard; his main academic interests are in modern Jewish and Christian thought and in the history of Zionism.