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rabbi emerita darah lerner

Rabbi Darah Lerner served Congregation Beth El for over 17 years, sharing her love for Judaism and a commitment to Tikkun Olam/the repair of our world. She worked daily to create a sacred community here.

Rabbi 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. She taught at Husson University, Bangor Theological Seminary, and was a favorite of the Penobscot Senior College. She was also adjunct faculty at the University of Maine.


Rabbi Lerner is active in social justice issues, including working for marriage equality, immigration, and human rights, and supports such organizations as Food and Medicine. She is always working to build bridges with other communities. Rabbi Lerner was active in work with the Islamic Center of Orono and other multi-faith and interfaith programs and organizations.


Rabbi Lerner lives in New Mexico with her wife and their dog.

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