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Mark Shook


Rabbi Mark L. Shook has been serving in the greater St. Louis community since 1972, when he joined the staff of Congregation Temple Israel in Creve Coeur as an assistant rabbi. In 1975 he was named Associate Rabbi of the congregation, a position he held until 1980. From 1980-1987 he was Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was called back to St. Louis in 1987, to serve as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, a position he held until July 2010, when He was named Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation.

A native of Detroit Michigan, Rabbi Shook is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA - Anthropology/Near Eastern Studies) He was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Shook was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR. He is an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University, where he teaches courses in Jewish Life and Thought in the  Philosophy Department. 

He serves on the Board of Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls, an interfaith program of community service, and is a past chairman of the Board of Ranken-Jordan, Children's Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is currently Chair of the Governance Committee. A Police Chaplain for more than thirty years, Rabbi Shook is the Coordinating Chaplain for the St. Louis County Police Chaplaincy Program, and also serves as a Police Chaplain for the City of Creve Coeur.

Every February since I was eleven years old, my thoughts turn to the Boy Scouts of America. February is the month in which Scouting celebrates its birth as a beloved American institution. But Scouting did not originate in the United States. It took shape from the vision and dedication of a highly decorated British soldier, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell.  His birthday was February 22, 1857. He is credited with founding the Scouting movement in 1908.