About Rabbi Lappe

Founder and Rosh Yeshiva

An award-winning educator specializing in the application of queer theory to Talmud study, Rabbi Lappe has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Temple University, The University of Judaism, The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, The Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Jewish Studies at UC-Berkeley, The Wexner Institute, and Milken Community High School, where she was the founding faculty adviser to the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, the first to be established at a Jewish day school. During her tenure as Director of Education at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, in Manhattan, Rabbi Lappe founded CBST’s Lehrhaus Judaica, which has served over 10,000 students to date. Rabbi Lappe also cofounded the Queer Jewish Think Tank at Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim, in Los Angeles.

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Watch Rabbi Lappe’s ELI Talk: “An Unrecognizable Jewish Future: A Queer Talmudic Take.”

Rabbi Lappe currently serves as Director of Education and Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future in Chicago, and is an Associate at CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where, upon ordination, she was appointed by The Righteous Persons Foundation to be its first Spielberg Fellow. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997, Rabbi Lappe was named to The Forward’s 2014 Most Inspiring Rabbis list, Jewrotica’s Sexiest Rabbis of 2013 list, and is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for 2016.

Rabbi Lappe’s writings have appeared in Shma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, eCLAL: An Online Journal of Religion, Public Life and Culture, The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL’s Guide to Everyday and Holiday Rituals and Blessings, Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation, Torah Queeries, among others.

While learning and teaching Talmud are her greatest passion, Rabbi Lappe is also a licensed pilot, shoemaker, and patent-holding inventor.

Watch Rabbi Lappe’s ELI Talk or TEDx Talk, or click here to read some of her essays.