Author: Faydra Shapiro

Faydra Shapiro

Dr. Faydra Shapiro is the Executive Director at the Israel Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.


Eye Toward Zion: The Significance of Yom Kippur

By Faydra Shapiro Friday, September 29, 2017

At this season Jews are deeply ensconced in the period known simply as “the holidays”. The answer to almost any…

Mourning the Temple’s Destruction: What Happens on Tisha B’Av

By Faydra Shapiro Monday, July 31, 2017

I’ll tell you a secret. I love just most things about being Jewish and Jewish observant life. But fast days?…


Our Druse Neighbors

By Faydra Shapiro Monday, July 17, 2017

From The Jerusalem Post: Haiel Stawi reminds us that Israel is a place more diverse, more complex and more beautiful than we could ever possibly know.


Confessions of a Reluctant Zionist

By Faydra Shapiro Friday, May 5, 2017

As a beloved Jewish saying goes, “It is not incumbent on you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”

The Liberation In Passover

By Faydra Shapiro Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In a few days, Jews all over the world will celebrate Passover. Of the Jewish practices measured by the Pew…


Israel Offers Asylum to Syria’s Children

By Faydra Shapiro Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Amidst today’s swirling questions about borders and security, Israel is quietly offering asylum to orphaned children from an enemy state: Syria.

Yet Another Terror Attack

By Faydra Shapiro Thursday, January 12, 2017

I saved this article on my computer as “terror attack.” But how inefficient that was. As if this was a singular event instead of a part of our daily lives.


The Lights of Hanukkah

By Faydra Shapiro Tuesday, December 27, 2016

May the light we uncover and share this Hanukkah season only increase in power and intensity and holiness and radiate throughout the entire world.


Israelis Break Tradition to Help the People of Syria

By Faydra Shapiro Thursday, December 22, 2016

Despite the fact that Israel and Syria have a tumultuous relationship at best, Israelis are extending a helping hand to the suffering Syrian people.


Bombing at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo: Why Should Israelis Care?

By Faydra Shapiro Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A bomb blast inside St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt killed 25 people and injured another 49 on Dec. 11. Why should Israelis care about this tragedy?