Our Rabbi: Rabbi Darah Lerner

Rabbi Darah Lerner joined Congregation Beth El in 2005. Not only is the congregation warm and welcoming but it is “wicked” diverse.

Rabbi Darah Lerner grew up in Southern California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at U.C. Berkeley and her Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Lerner worked in small business management including video stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and a technology transfer company in Albuquerque NM. During her Rabbinical training, Rabbi Lerner interned in Yuma Arizona, Irvine, California and with the Southern California Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Lerner’s love of movies, interest in the environment,  and commitment to intra-Jewish community cooperation, is still evident in her sermons and her throughout her work in the Bangor and Downeast Maine Jewish Community.

Rabbi Lerner serves on the Board of the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, the Penobscot County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, the Judaic Studies Advisory Committee at the University of Maine, and the Wilson Center at UMaine. She has taught at Husson College, Bangor Theological Seminary, University of Maine, and Penobscot Senior College. Rabbi Lerner has been active in social justice issues including working for marriage equality, and supporting the work of such organizations as Food and Medicine. She speaks widely on Jewish issues, ethics, and diversity in our community. 

Rabbi Lerner lives in Bangor with her wife and their dog. Rabbi Lerner is sharing her passion for Judaism, and creating a sacred family here at Congregation Beth El. Please reach out to her.

She would love to connect with you!