Rabbi Shai Held

President and Dean

Rabbi Shai Held-- philosopher, theologian, and Bible scholar-- is President and Dean at the Hadar Institute.  He received the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, and has been named multiple times by Newsweek as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America and by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of the fifty most prominent Jews in the world. Rabbi Held is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (2013) and The Heart of Torah (2017).  His next book, Judaism is About Love, will be published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in March 2024 and he is the host of Hadar's newest podcast, Answers WithHeld.