Rabbi Jennifer M. Lader

[email protected]Rabbi Jennifer Lader

Rabbi Lader joined the Temple Israel clergy team in July of 2012, following her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH.  In her final year, she was awarded the Cora Kahn Prize for superior sermon delivery and oratory, as well as the Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize for the development of community relations at the College-Institute. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Rabbi Lader earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from The University of Maryland and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree from HUC-JIR.

Her Austin heritage has led to her perpetual search for great Mexican food, local music, and street fairs. In Maryland, Rabbi Lader worked as the Youth Director at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, which fostered her growing passion for youth engagement. She has also spent several wonderful summers as the Judaic Educator and songleader for various BBYO international programs, thus completing the trifecta of her Jewish youth group experience (NFTY, USY, and BBYO). 

During rabbinical school, Rabbi Lader served as the student rabbi at congregations in Columbus, Indiana and Saginaw, Michigan, and the rabbinic intern at Temple Sholom in Cincinnati, Ohio and Adath Israel Brith Shalom in Louisville, Kentucky. Building on her appreciation of social media and desire to engage members of the community in different ways, she spent the last year working at HUC-JIR as the Director of Outreach for the campus.

Today, Rabbi Lader is the ‘youth guru’ at Temple Israel, running all teen-related endeavors and keeping up to date on the latest slang for the benefit of her colleagues. She also visions for young adults at the congregation, and serves as the liaison to Thread, NextGen, BBYO, and a variety of other community institutions.

Rabbi Lader and her husband Daniel have two beautiful children, Ezra and Noa.

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