Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro was installed as spiritual leader of Baltimore’s Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation on Nov. 20.
He had begun serving the congregation in June 2010.
Shapiro was one of two Jewish students featured in the 2010 PBS Independent Lens documentary “The Calling.”
In addition to chaplaincy internships at St. Luke’s Hospital and Riker’s Island Prison in New York, he completed rabbinic internships at Isralight Institute in Israel, Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel in his native Chicago and the National Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
Shapiro previously served as a rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Red Bank, N.J.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro
(many of the congregants call me “Rabbi Rocky”)
Education: B.A., Brandeis University
Rabbinic ordination: Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, New York.
Resides in: Mt. Washington, Baltimore.
Daily commute: I live within minutes of the synagogue, which is particularly important because, as an Orthodox rabbi, I don’t drive on the Sabbath.
Recent vacation: I backpacked the Grand Tetons in Wyoming this past summer. I haven’t been so inspired by God’s beauty since the years I lived in the land of Israel. I returned to Baltimore with my soul alight.
Hobbies: Listening to Phish and going to their concerts. At least one night a week, I YouTube clips from Phish concerts on our TV and my whole family dances to the music. I also enjoy weightlifting, kayaking and prayer.
Favorite book: “The Cubs and the Kabbalist” by Byron L. Sherwin. A mystical rabbi creates a golem to help the Cubs finally win the World Series. I grew up in Chicago and sold peanuts at Wrigley Field. The thought of the Cubs winning, even fictionally, puts a huge smile on my face. Since I moved to Baltimore, I’ve found it easy to love the Birds, but Chicago teams will always have a special place in my heart.
Most recently read: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. As a rabbi, I dream and pray that the world will be a better and less violent place for our children. I may not be able to change Afghanistan, but I am dedicated to using my years in the rabbinate to better Baltimore.
Favorite food: Hot fudge sundaes