…wonder, wisdom and whimsy from Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE
Reform Rabbi & Jewish educator who cares about teens and young adults, wife & mother, yogini, lover of good food and good wine. I strive to live by the words of Rabbi Tarfon, ” It is not our duty to complete the work but we are not free to abstain from doing it.”
Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE, has a rabbinate that focuses on Jewish education, teaching and helping youth develop deep and meaningful connections to Judaism. She recently completed a twelve-year tenure as a specialist in adolescents and experiential education at the Union for Reform Judaism. Laura has led education and change efforts at Jewish schools, synagogues and camps throughout the United States. Laura is the editor of several curricula, including Sacred Choices: Adolescent Relationships and Sexual Ethics (2005 and 2007) and has been published in a variety of academic and online journals.
Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Laura is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Graduate Education. Laura is currently serving as the First Vice-President of the Board of the National Association of Temple Educators. Laura lives in Fresno, CA with her husband, Rabbi Rick Winer and their sons, Saul and Max.