Rabbi Lauren Berkun
Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs,
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Rabbi Lauren Berkun is the Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a B.A. in Religion. Rabbi Berkun was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001 and 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 the leadership seminars at Jewish Federations across North America. Rabbi Berkun has written and taught extensively on the topics of mikveh, sexual ethics, and body image. She is also a certified Sivananda yoga instructor. She lives in Aventura, Florida, with her husband, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, and their three children.