Rav Shai Finkelstein was born in Israel, attended Yeshivat Shaalavim, served in the IDF, and was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He lectures at Pardes, the OU Israel Center, Matan, Yeshurun, and the Begin Center. He is also the senior editor of the Koren Mikraot Hadorot at Koren Publications. Prior to his arrival at Nitzanim, Rav Shai spent 16 years as the Rosh Kollel of Torah Mitzion and the Senior Rabbi of the Baron Hirsch Congregation, both in Memphis, TN. During his tenure in Memphis, he also earned an MBA from the Fogelman School of Business and Economics from the University of Memphis. Rabbi Finkelstein became the Rav of Nitzanim in July, 2016, subsequent to which the shul has seen tremendous growth in programming, learning and popularity.
Rav Shai and his wife Bilha have 4 children: Noga, Edya, David, and Hadas.
In addition to the Shabbat morning drasha and a Dvar Torah on Friday night, Rav Shai gives many shiurim at Nitzanim and elsewhere in Jerusalem every week. Here’s a summary (last updated 16 Feb 2020).
Shabbat afternoon between Mincha and Ma’ariv: Hebrew/Sanctuary. Topics often span several weeks. Source sheets are distributed at the beginning of each shiur and are available in advance on this website here.
Sunday night following Shabbat Mevarchim: 20:00. English with some Hebrew, in the Sanctuary. Shiur for young professionals. Topic: When Halacha and Hashkafa Confront Modern Times.
Monday night: 20:00. English/Sanctuary. Topics in Gemara Brachot.
Thursday morning: 9:00 English/Beit Midrash. As part of the jointly-sponsored “Boker in Baka” series, Rav Shai presents, on the average, twice a month. More details here.
Thursday night: Following 20:30 Ma’ariv. English/Beit Midrash. Daf Yomi for Friday.
Friday morning: Following 7:00 Shacharit. English/Beit Midrash. Iyun in Gemara Ketuvot.
OU Center – Thursday 11:30. English. Unlocking the messages of Chazal.
Bet Avichai (to be announced)
Beit Knesset Hanasi (to be announced)
Yeshurun (to be announced)