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Profiles

  • R' Aryey Leib Shapiro (1789 - 1853)
  • Ben Shapiro
    Benjamin Aaron "Ben" Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney. A native of Los ...
  • Rabbi Chaim Meir Yechiel Shapiro אדמור מנאראל (1907 - 2007)
    באחד מימי חול המועד סוכות ראיתיו. בקרוב יום הולדתו המאה.הובא לערבית בכסא. כל גופו שפוף, יהודי זקן ומצומק. הכיר את אבי שיחי' חייך אליו וברך אותו ואת אמי שתחי'.לאחר הפסקה הובא לסוכה לצורך שמחת בית השואבה...
  • Harold Tafler Shapiro
    Harold Tafler Shapiro, Ph.D (born June 8, 1935) is a former president of Princeton University and of the University of Michigan. Biography[edit] Born in Montreal, Quebec Harold Shapiro attended Low...

About the Shapiro surname

Shapiro (also Schapiro, Shapira, Spiro, Spira, Schapira etc.)

Is a Jewish last name, taken by fomer residents of the city of Shpeyer in Bavaria (XI-XIV centuries), one of the most important Jewish religious centers of Europe at that time.

The community was reportedly destroyed by the crusaders and its members spread all over eastern-central Europe (Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Bohemia, etc.).

Also, the word shapira in Aramaic means "something beautiful", from the hebrew word "sapir" or safire.

Shapiro is one of three Ashkenazic last names that have a known "yichus" (credible family line) as Kohanim, members of the Jewish priestly clan, descendants of Aharon, Moses brother and first high priest.

It must be noted that, while being a Shapiro doesn't automatically render you a kohen (you must have a 3-generation family tradition), it does mean you have a high chance of being one.