Contact me if you want to talk more about our Justice Team, if you’re new in the community and want to chat, or if you’re interested in getting involved in our family programming. I’m especially available for all of your deep, existential rabbinic-type questions, as long as there’s coffee or fancy tea involved!
Rabbi Lauren Henderson
Director of Family Learning and Spirituality
Rabbi Lauren recently finished rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a Masters in Midrash and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. After serving as a Jewish Emergent Network Fellow for two years at Mishkan, Lauren is now a full-time Rabbi with Mishkan where she focuses on developing our family learning and spirituality.
Lauren grew up in a small but mighty Jewish community in Spartanburg, South Carolina as part of an interfaith family and went from there to Rice University in Houston, where she graduated cum laude in Religious Studies and History and was very involved with Houston Hillel. After a year at Pardes in Jerusalem, Lauren began her rabbinic studies at the Ziegler School in Los Angeles (connecting with Rabbi Lizzi along the way) and then moved to New York to continue studying at JTS. She’s taught Torah and led prayer in a wide variety of settings such as IKAR in Los Angeles, the Pelham Jewish Center in New York, and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Cleveland, and also served as a chaplain with DOROT and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Last summer, Lauren worked with 5th and 6th graders at Camp Ramah in the Rockies as their Rosh Edah (unit head) and is particularly pleased to be working closely with Mishkan’s kids and families and building up more mensches of all ages. She’ll also be developing and expanding the Jewish mindfulness meditation side of Mishkan, working with community partners on social justice learning and initiatives, and meeting with anyone to drink coffee, learn Torah, and ponder over big, juicy life questions. When she’s not doing Jewey things, Lauren loves running, baking, and spontaneous dance parties.