Rabbi Laura Geller

Rabbi Emerita, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Rabbi Laura Geller, Emerita Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, was the first women to be selected through a national search to lead a major metropolitan synagogue as Senior Rabbi. She was twice named one of Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America and was featured in the PBS documentary “Jewish Americans.” She is author of numerous articles in books and journals and was on the editorial board of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. She is a Fellow of the Corporation of Brown University from where she graduated in 1971. Ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1976, she is the third woman in the Reform Movement to become a rabbi. Her most recent initiative is “Next Stage: Boomers and Beyond” and she is a founder of the first synagogue based village, ChaiVillageLA, which is part of the national Village Movement. ( She is working with her husband Richard Siegel, author of The Jewish Catalog, on a book entitled Getting Good at Getting Older: A Practical Catalog Grounded in Jewish Wisdom to be published by Behrman House in 2018.