Lawrence Kushner

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Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Lawrence Kushner 2016 Festival of Faiths.jpg
Kushner at the 2016 Festival of Faiths
Position Rabbi
Synagogue Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley
Began 1971
Ended 1999
Personal details
Born 1943[1]
Detroit, Michigan
Denomination Reform
Alma mater University of Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College

Lawrence Kushner (born 1943) is a Reform rabbi and the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, California.


Born in Detroit in 1943, Kushner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Cincinnati and went on to receive his rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He served for 28 years at Congregation Beth-El in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and currently serves as the Emanu-El Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco.

In addition, he is an adjunct member of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and he has taught spirituality and mysticism, and has mentored rabbinic students as a visiting professor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Kushner and his wife have three adult children.[2] His daughter, Noa, is the founding rabbi at The Kitchen, an independent congregation in San Francisco.[3][4]


Rabbi Kushner has authored and co-authored numerous articles, as well as more than 18 books, for children and adults, which have been translated into six languages.


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  2. ^ "About Rabbi Kushner". Rabbi Kushner. February 12, 2008. Archived from the original on January 19, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Staff". The Kitchen. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Polsky, Sara (March 25, 2015). "Enlivening Passover, One Deck of Cards at a Time". Tablet.