Rabbi Emeritus Howard Shapiro


Rabbi Howard Shapiro was educated at Brandeis University and ordained from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.  He came to Temple Israel in 1981 with his wife Eileen and their children, David and Rachel, after serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and as Rabbi at Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield, New Jersey.

Rabbi Howard Shapiro is active in local and national Jewish organizations, having served as an officer and president of secular and Jewish organizations.   He is very proud of his role as a community builder in the Palm Beaches, bridging different institutions and forging links between people, traditions and congregations.  He cares deeply for Jewish education and loves to teach and to learn.  He is currently seeking his own spiritual path in his retirement, becoming a Jewish Spiritual Director after his retirement.

Rabbi Howard Shapiro was Vice Chair of the Reform Pension Board of the Union for Reform Judaism and Central Conference of American Rabbis.   He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the Commission for Jewish Education and many other organizations.  He has lectured in an Interfaith setting at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Society and the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christian and Jews.  He is enjoying these new opportunities in his life and prays for health and blessing to be able to spend more time with his wife Eileen and their children and grandchildren.