Shai Y. Har-El
Pen Name: Shai Har-El
Born: 1946 in Israel
Shai Har-El lives in Highland Park, Illinois, and operates Har-El Financial Group from his office in Deerfield, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Chicago.
The Middle East Peace Network (MEPN), he founded in 1990, is a 501(c) (3), nonprofit organization registered in the State of Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Dr. Har-El is a businessman, educator, writer, poet, historian, rabbi, and organizer, whose multi-faceted career spans fifty years. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he engaged in extensive interdisciplinary Middle Eastern studies.
Dr. Har-El is the founder/president of Middle East Peace Network (MEPN), an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit NGO that uses private diplomacy to complement the activities of the Middle Eastern governments in their pursuit of conflict resolution and lasting peace, primarily between Arabs and Israelis and between Muslims and Jews.
Dr. Har-El is a successful financial advisor and the founder/owner of Har-El Financial Group, Inc., a full-service financial consulting firm that is based in Deerfield, Illinois. He has won numerous distinguished awards given by his parent company, AXA-Equitable, a global player in the financial services industry. He is an inductee into the company’s Hall of Fame and a recent recipient of its Golden Year Award.
Dr. Har-El has published over the years numerous essays and given lectures on current Middle East affairs. Some of his more recent essays were published in his new book, In Search of Israeli-Palestinian Peace: An Urgent Call for a New Approach to Middle East Peace (see below).
Dr. Har-El launched the Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation Initiative (JMRI), a global interreligious peacebuilding project set up in partnership with U.S. and Middle Eastern universities and institutions. It is a translation-into-action of his book, Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation (see below).
Dr. Har-El is an ordained rabbi. He runs workshops and writes on a variety of religious themes, particularly on the interface between Jewish spirituality and personal growth. His forthcoming book, Discover the Jewel of Wisdom: Eights Paths to Powerful Living, is a “living laboratory” report of his own journey.
Dr. Har-El writes poetry to nurture his soul. His poems are written in English and Hebrew and are spiritual in nature and texture. They are now assembled in a bilingual edition entitled Riding the Waves of Bliss: Selected Poems from the Season of Life, which is soon to be published. His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies, such as Distilled Lives: Illinois State Poetry Society 20th Anniversary Anthology, Infinity Pub, 2011.
Dr. Shai Har-El is married to Rosalie for 49 years. They have 3 children and 11 grandchildren.
- Struggle for Domination in the Middle East: The Ottoman-Mamluk War, 1485-91 , E. J. Brill, 1995
- Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
- In Search of Israeli-Palestinian Peace: An Urgent Call for a New Approach to Middle East Peace, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Titles at Your Library
Struggle for Domination in the Middle East: The Ottoman-Mamluk War, 1485-91 (The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage : Politics, Society and Economy, Vo) (Philosophia Antiqua,)
Release Date: 1995-03-01
Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation
Release Date: 2014-07-02
In Search of Israeli-Palestinian Peace: An Urgent Call for a New Approach to Middle East Peace
Release Date: 2016-02-22
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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