Rabbi Moshe Shulman
Young Israel of St. Louis, MO
Mar 17, 2014
Rabbi Moshe Shulman presently serves as spiritual leader of the Young Israel of St. Louis, and Acting Head of School of Yeshivat Kadimah High School. Since coming to St. Louis in 2007, Rabbi Shulman has established himself as a respected teacher and educator both within his congregation and in the Jewish community at large, through regular programs of lectures and study groups, in the synagogue, and in the community. He is an erudite and dynamic speaker on various topics, with special keen interest in Tanach, Judaism and science, medicine and halacha, and a deep and passionate love for Israel. Many of his shiurim, notably in Tanach, are posted on the Young Israel of St. Louis website (click here) and are accessed by many throughout the country.
Recently, Rabbi Shulman was instrumental in the founding of Yeshivat Kadimah, a new High School program in St. Louis, focusing on blended learning in both Judaics and general studies, and fostering a nurturing and student-centered approach to Jewish education. The Yeshiva was founded to help strengthen Torah educational resources in the community, looking forward towards the growth of St. Louis' modern Orthodox community.
In addition to his synagogue responsibilities, Rabbi Shulman’s communal responsibilities in St. Louis include serving on the local Va’ad Hakashrut, the St. Louis Rabbinical Council, and the Beth Din for conversion. He also serves as a mohel for the St. Louis Jewish community and its environs.
Prior to St. Louis, Rabbi Shulman spent 10 years as the spiritual leader of Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in Toronto, and 5 years as the Rabbi of Congregation House of Jacob-Mikveh Israel in Calgary Alberta. During his years in Toronto, Rabbi Shulman lectured regularly for Mekorot Advanced Torah study for Women, served as a member of both the Va’ad Harabonim and the Va’ad Hakashruth of Toronto, and an Officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress Ontario Region. He both taught and served on the board of the Bnai Akiva High Schools of Toronto, and was one of the founding members of the steering committee for the UJA-Federation of Greater Toronto Israel Now Consortium.
Before returning to North America to enter the rabbinate, Rabbi Shulman lived in Israel for 10 years where he completed his academic and rabbinic studies, including rabbinic ordination from the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate, a B.Sc. in computer software engineering from the Jerusalem College of Technology, and a teacher’s degree from Sha’alvim Teacher’s College. He is also certified as a rabbinic advisor to the organ donor community by the New York Organ Donation Network and the Halachic Organ Donation Society.
Rabbi Shulman is a graduate of the Sha’alvim Sha’al Institute for Rabbinic and Educational Training, a 2 year training program for shlichim in rabbinical and educational positions abroad. During this time, he studied in the Touro College Master’s Program in Jewish Education, as well as several years of pedagogical methodology with the master teacher, Professor Nechama Leibowitz. Rabbi Shulman is also a graduate of LEAD – Leadership Education and Development - Fellowship of Yeshiva University and the Orthodox Caucus. He studied milah under the Chief Mohel of Jerusalem, Yosef Halpern, of blessed memory.
Rabbi Shulman grew up in New York and Los Angeles, and comes from a long line of rabbinic leadership. His wife, Baila, is from Sydney, Australia. They have six children, a son in law, and a granddaughter.