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Rabbi Yaacov Laredo

Rabbi Yaacov Laredo is a community leader in Florida and has inspired countless Jews through his engaging, warm and charismatic personality and teaching skills.

   Originally from Montreal Canada, Rabbi Laredo attended Yeshivat Mikdash Melech in Jerusalem Israel and is a rabbinical graduate of the Jerusalem Kollel, led by Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovitz. He is also a certified and experienced Mohel and Shochet, and is diligently conducting and assisting in Jewish lifecycle events such as baby naming’s, circumcisions, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and end of life experiences.

   Rabbi Laredo founded the Miami Torah Center, which provides engaging learning opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to expand themselves through the study of Torah. The Miami Torah Center organizes local consistent classes, special guest speakers and special events.

   Rabbi Laredo lectures internationally at schools, seminars, synagogues and various religious and social events, always leaving the attendees with feelings of inspiration and empowerment. His most interesting topics include; believing in yourself, marital harmony, parenting skills, living an ethical and moral life, Talmudic concepts and Halacha applications.

   Rabbi Laredo lives in Hollywood, Florida with his wife Sarah and three children

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Marc B. Shapiro holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton. A graduate of Brandeis (BA) and Harvard (PhD), he is the author of numerous books, articles, and reviews and is a popular scholar in residence at synagogues around the world. He has written Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy and The Limits of Orthodox Theology, both of which were National Jewish Book Award Finalists. Other books of his include Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox, Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreters, and Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History. He is currently writing a book on the thought of Rav Kook and regularly publishes widely-read scholarly articles on the Seforim Blog.

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Dr. Edward Shapiro

Edward Shapiro grew up in Washington, D. C. and graduated from Georgetown University.  He attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard.  He taught at the University of Maryland, St. John's University (Minnesota), and Seton Hall University.  He has lectured on American and American Jewish history throughout the United States and in Israel and Europe.  He is the author of over two hundred essay and reviews in American and American Jewish history, and has written several books, including "Crown Heights: Blacks, Jews, and the 1991 Brooklyn Riot" and "A Time for Healing: American Jewry Since World War II."  He has received research grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Lucius Littauer Foundation, and other organizations and has been as fellow of the Oxford Center for Jewish Studies in England. 

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Joseph Shatzkes is a Board Certified Physician in Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology.  He is a member of Englewood Cardiology Consultants in New Jersey and is an attending physician at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.  His interests include preventative and consultative cardiology and medicine, critical care cardiology, and medical ethics. After graduating summa cum laude from the prestigious Brooklyn College BAMD program, he completed medical school at Downstate University Medical Center.  There, as well, he graduated summa cum laude and was honored as president of the exclusive Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and was nominated by his peers as an inaugural member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center where he was recognized with an award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. He subsequently completed his cardiovascular fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.