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Vice President, Rabbinic Initiatives

Rabbi Lauren Berkun is a Vice President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she directs Rabbinic Initiatives and is a member of the senior executive team. She also oversees staff education, training and curriculum development for Hartman’s iEngage project. She is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, graduate of Princeton University with a BA in Religion and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Lauren was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a CLAL Rabbinic Intern, and a Rabbinic Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. She has also served as the JTS Midwest KOLLOT Rabbinic Scholar, Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan, and frequent scholar-in-residence for leadership seminars at Jewish Federations across North America.

Lauren is also a certified Sivananda yoga instructor with certification in mindfulness practices from Mindfulness Practices, LLC. She lives in Aventura, Florida, with her husband, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, and their three children.

Sep 21, 2023

Two-part course with Lauren Berkun exploring David Hartman’s theology of divine limitation and human responsibility

Lauren Berkun


Apr 20, 2023

Can we create rituals to celebrate Yom Ha’atzma’ut that express our relationship with Israel while being authentic to the distance we may feel?

Jul 16, 2022

Session from Rabbinic Torah Seminar (RTS) 2022 in Jerusalem

Apr 15, 2021

Lauren Berkun, Elliott Cosgrove

What are the multiple ways that Diaspora Jews understand Zionism, and how does this diversity foster conflict and opportunity within the Jewish community?

Apr 7, 2021

Global community gathering including memory, music, and poetry to commemorate Yom HaShoah through a powerful new ritual.

Nov 17, 2020

Lauren Berkun talked about rabbis and politics on the Women Rabbis Talk podcast.

Oct 27, 2020

Lauren Berkun talks with Pamela Robertson of Talking Joy podcast about the spiritual message of hope that she delivered at the Democratic National Convention

Aug 21, 2020

Former Detroiter chosen to give a benediction at the convention.

Aug 21, 2020

Hartman's Rabbi Lauren Berkun was among the diverse faith leaders chosen by Democrats to speak at the nominating convention on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Aug 20, 2020

Why should we offer prayers at a political convention? For me, the purpose of Jewish prayer is two-fold.

Aug 20, 2020

Rabbi Lauren Berkun is set to take the virtual stage on Thursday to deliver one of the nightly benedictions at the Democratic National Convention.

Aug 16, 2020

Lauren Berkun is among the diverse faith leaders selected by Democrats to speak at the 2020 national convention.

Jun 30, 2020

Two-part course with Lauren Berkun exploring David Hartman’s theology of divine limitation and human responsibility

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