Rabbi Sari Laufer

Among other things, I am a teacher, writer, working mom. I am a learner, shoe-holic, friend, thinker, wannabe wanderer, pop-culture connoisseur, and a former Jeopardy contestant. I am prolific Tweeter (@rabbilaufer), avid indoor-cyclist, and aspiring epicure.

I graduated (cum laude) from Northwestern University (Go 'Cats!), and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006, where I was also a Wexner Graduate Fellow. I served Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC for over a decade, and am currently the Chief Engagement Officer at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles.

You can get a sense of how I like to learn and teach through my writing for,, and, and I was the rabbinic advisor for the Kveller Haggadah. I teach most often on the subjects and questions with which I am struggling, bringing my passion for rabbinic texts, high and low-brow pop culture, and Judaism’s wisdom and relevance in the 21st century into the lives of those with whom I privileged to learn and to share. A New Yorker by birth, upbringing, and soul, I live in Los Angeles with my husband and two children. When I am not teaching, writing, or begging my children to clean up, you can find me hiking, at the beach, or sitting around eating cheese and laughing with close friends.

Rabbi Sari Laufer Favorite Subjects


Grief & Mourning


Introduction to Judaism

Jewish Calendar

Judaism in Pop Culture & Media

Life Cycle






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