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Rabbi Laurie Green's Corner

Rabbi Green's rabbinate is committed to the pursuit of joy, as well as justice.  She particularly enjoys teaching traditional texts with a contemporary sensibility, and creating personalized life cycle rituals.

In addition to her pulpit and pastoral experience, Rabbi Laurie Green also brings over twenty 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 worked in professional politics for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 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, American Jewish World Service, the Religious Action Center, and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA), among others. She received her pastoral care training at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Her varied experience includes summer camps, Hillels, community organizations, youth groups, the founding of non-profits,  and the full spectrum of Jewish life.

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 and spoken widely about about feminist Midrash, Jews and addiction/recovery, sexuality in Judaism and other religious traditions, Trans Jews and conversion, LGBTQ+ inclusion, creative liturgy, and science in Jewish education.

She joined the Bet Mish community with her wife, Mira, and their son, Gus.  In recent years, their family has grown to include their daughter, Solveig, and their dog, Fishke (Yiddish for Little Fish).

Rabbi Green can be reached at


Recent sermons and writings from Rabbi Green:

Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779