Rabbi Laura Baum
Recognized and valued for her leadership, intellect, innovation, and collaboration, Laura brings unique skills and experiences to Rockwern. In her previous position as Associate Vice President of Learning and Engagement at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) in Boston, Laura led the largest division of the Planning Department and was responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing a comprehensive strategy to connect people in Greater Boston to Jewish life, learning, and community. Prior to that, Laura served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Adam, here in Cincinnati.
She is a connector and innovator who has built her rabbinate outside the box. From 2008-2015, serving as one of the rabbis of Congregation Beth Adam, an independent congregation in Cincinnati, OH, and of OurJewishCommunity.org online, Laura reached hundreds of thousands of Jews. An expert on the changing needs of the Jewish community, Laura created an innovative model for engaging those seeking a new way to connect to Judaism. In 2010, Laura was named by the Forward as one of the ‘50 most influential female rabbis in America.’ She is a VP of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, a Wexner Field Fellow, and a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow (CLAL).
In addition to her impressive professional background, Laura is an accomplished scholar. After earning her BA in Psychology from Yale University, Summa Cum Laude, Laura was ordained as a Rabbi at Hebrew Union College. She then received her MBA from Xavier University in Business Administration. Her writing and work have been featured on CNN, the Jerusalem Post, NPR and The New York Times. Currently, she is a member of the prestigious Wexner Field Fellowship program for outstanding professionals in the Jewish Community.