In addition to her pulpit and pastoral experience, Rabbi Laurie Green also brings 18 years of experience as a Jewish educator. Prior to assuming her duties at Bet Mishpachah in July 2013, Rabbi Green served as Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo and Rabbi and Director of Education at Aspen Jewish Congregation. She was a founding board member of the National Union of Jewish LGBT Students, and worked in professional politics before attending rabbinical school. Rabbi Green also has extensive experience in community organizing, interfaith relations, and social justice, having worked and trained with Jewish Funds for Justice, the Religious Action Center, and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, among others. She received her pastoral care training at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Rabbi Green received her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and her M.A. in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2007. Rabbi Green's rabbinic thesis "Pious Prostitutes" explored the midrashim of three Biblical women, Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth, as a lens through which to explore sexuality, gender, power, and interfaith relationships, as they have changed throughout Jewish history and into our day. Rabbi Green has published on feminist midrash, Jewish education, and other topics. She joins the Bet Mishpachah community with her wife, Mira, and their son, Gus.
Rabbi Green is available for pastoral care, spiritual guidance, life cycle events, hospital visits, study, and just to schmooze. She is a resource to the community-at-large and can offer teachings about Judaism, LGBT issues, LGBT inclusion, LGBT theology, sexuality in Judaism and other religious traditions, feminist midrash, and other topics.
Rabbi Green can be reached at email@example.com
Recent sermons and writings from Rabbi Green:
- Queering Revelation: Pride, Shavuot & Notein ha-Torah (June 2016)
- She Is More Righteous Than I (December 2015)
- Rosh ha-Shana 5776
- Kol Nidre 5776
- Don't despair. Do something. (Erev Shabbat 12/7/2014)
- High Holy Day Letter from the Rabbi (5775) (Sept. 2014)
- Rosh ha-Shana Morning 1 5775
- Yom Kippur 5775
- I’m Thrilled Our Journeys Are Bringing Us Together (July 2013)
- Why We Need LGBT Synagogues (July 2013)
- Rosh ha-Shana 5774
- Yom Kippur 5774