Bernard J. Shapiro was born in Houston, Texas and received his higher education at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received degrees in both Political Science and in Communication and Public Policy. Shapiro lived in Israel for several years following graduation and has traveled there dozens of times to remain abreast of current developments. He has been an advocate for Israel for more than 50 years.
Shapiro is the founder and executive director of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies and editor of its monthly magazine, The Maccabean Online (political analysis and commentary on Israeli and Jewish affairs). From 1993-1999 he also was editor of the Maccabean, an expanded, print version of the Maccabean Online that was distributed to Freeman Center members, Jewish leaders and educational institutions around the world. He is also the editor of the Freeman Center's email list, the FREEMANLIST.
The Freeman Center was named after Shapiro's grandfather Harry W. Freeman.
For many years Shapiro was the political analyst on Israeli and Jewish affairs for the Jewish Herald-Voice, writing his weekly column: News, Views, & Reviews. He has served the Jewish community in several capacities including founder and president of the Student Zionist Organization at the University of California at Berkeley, associate director of the Jewish National Fund in Houston, consultant to the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in Miami, and founder and president of the Houston chapter of Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI).
Shapiro's primary objective during all these years has been to improve Israel's image in this country as well as counteract Arab propaganda in the community and on college campuses. In pursuit of this goal, he intends to maximize solidarity with Israel among the Jewish community and combat media bias. To carry our his stated objective, he has been active in other Jewish organizations including: Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (since 1991); the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston (since 1991); the Houston Advisory Board for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) (since 1991); and Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) (since 1960).
Prior to founding the Freeman Center, Shapiro was proprietor, manager, and buyer for the House of Books, Inc. (1969-92), Houston's main source for Jewish books as well manager and buyer for Houston Paperback Distributors.
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