Rabbi Lisa Gelber serves as associate dean of The Rabbinical School and rabbi of the Women's League Seminary Synagogue at JTS. A trained spiritual director, Rabbi Gelber aims to incorporate mindful, compassionate listening into her work and her everyday life.
After graduating from Amherst College, Rabbi Gelber earned a degree from the University of Judaism and an MA and rabbinic ordination from JTS. She went on to serve as rabbi at a large congregation in suburban Seattle and a fledgling shul in suburban Chicago, in addition to working as a chaplain at a level-one trauma center in Seattle.
An editor of numerous works on domestic violence in the Jewish community, including A Journey Towards Freedom: A Haggadah for Women Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence (FaithTrust Institute, 2003), she also served as a consultant for And the Gates Opened: Women in the Rabbinate, a video produced in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women rabbis at JTS.
Rabbi Gelber is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, an ardent supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, and a marathon runner. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her daughter Zahara.