Rabbi Darah Lerner is celebrating her 11th year at Congregation Beth El. 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, and the Judaic Studies Advisory
Committee at the University of Maine. This year she joined the board of The Wilson Center at
Umaine. She has taught at Husson College, Bangor Theological Seminary, University of Maine-
Orono, 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!