Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt serves on the Board and Washington D.C. Advisory Council at Avodah.
Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, she is celebrated by the Forward as one of the 32 most inspiring rabbis in the country. Last year, she was named one of Jewish Women’s International’s (JWI) “Women to Watch,” a Senior Fellow of the Schusterman Fellowship, a leadership development program for individuals. At Adas Israel, Rabbi Holtzblatt has revitalized their caretaking (Hesed) and bereavement efforts, co-created the MakomDC adult learning curriculum, launched and leads “Return Again” worship services, and directs the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington, which has twice been recognized as one of America’s top innovative Jewish projects by the annual Slingshot Guide for Jewish Innovation. Previously, Rabbi Holtzblatt served as the Hillel Foundation Director of Campus Initiatives and as Associate Rabbi at the Yale University Hillel. Rabbi Holtzblatt was also a rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York. She is married to Ari Holtzblatt and has two children Noa and Elijah.