Rav Shai Cherry, Ph.D., serves as the madrikh, or guide, for Shaar Hamayim. Although Rav Shai holds a doctorate in Jewish Thought and Theology from Brandeis University (2001), and served for four years as Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at Vanderbilt University, he always remained involved in community education. While in Boston, Rav Shai was a Family Educator for a local synagogue and taught in Boston’s premier adult education program, Me’ah. In Nashville, he taught for The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School. The gratification Rav Shai felt from these teaching experiences helped convince him to pursue Rabbinic ordination at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University (2009).