Dr. Faydra Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew with a lifelong interest in Christianity. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from McMaster University and directs the work of Israel Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.
Faydra began her career as a professor of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University for 13 years. Her first book, Building Jewish Roots: The Israel Experience, won a National Jewish Book Award in 2006. After immigrating to Israel with her family in 2008, Faydra was eager to bring her academic expertise, unique experience, warmth and charismatic teaching together to have an impact on the ground, in Israel. Her second book, Christian Zionism: Navigating the Jewish-Christian Border, shows how this movement significantly engages basic questions of identity and the borders between Judaism and Christianity. Faydra also regularly writes academic articles and popular op-eds on Jewish-Christian relations.
Faydra is passionate about building greater understanding between Jews and Christians, knowing firsthand how we can strengthen one another in our respective traditions. She is also a committed wife and mother. She and her husband Shaul, together with their six children, live in a tiny little community on a hilltop in the Galilee.