Shai Held

A renowned lecturer and educator, Rabbi Shai Held is co-founder, dean, and chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, previously serving as scholar-in-residence at Kehilat Hadar and director of education at Harvard Hillel. Having received his Ph.D. from Harvard, he has taught and lectured at many Jewish institutions across the US and Israel, including the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Hartman Institute and the Wexner Foundation. He is the recipient of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education (2011).


His main academic interests are modern Jewish and Christian thought, and his various publications include Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (2013).