Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Shalom Hartman Institute Southeast Director of Educational Initiatives, has been invited to join President Barack Obama and a select group of Jewish politicians, business leaders, artists, athletes, veterans, and rabbis at a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, which will be held at the White House on Tuesday May 17, 2011.
President Obama inaugurated this event last year and is this year continuing the tradition to “highlight and celebrate the history and unique identity of Jewish Americans and their profound and ennobling contributions to the American story,” according to the White House.
“I am looking forward to this interesting and exciting experience, which I believe will lend itself to reflection on the American Jewish experience,” commented Rabbi Berkun. The Shalom Hartman Institute congratulates Rabbi Berkun on this well deserved honor and looks forward to hearing her impressions.
Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Southeast Director of Educational Initiatives at theShalom Hartman Institute – North America, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001.
Rabbi Berkun was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a CLAL Rabbinic intern, and a Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. She has served as the JTS Midwest KOLLOT Rabbinic Scholar, Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation ShaareyZedek in Southfield, Michigan, and Scholar-in-Residence for the Women’s Department of Federation.
Rabbi Berkun has written and taught extensively on the topics of mikveh, sexual ethics, and body image. She is also a certified Sivananda yoga instructor and teaches seminars on Jewish meditation and Jewish mysticism.