Rabbi, Interfaith Marriage Expert, GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) Equality Advocate, Author
Rabbi Lerner was ordained as a Reform rabbi in 1979. She served congregations in Atlanta, Richmond, Virginia and in greater Boston, including Temple Isaiah. In 1986, she received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University.
She has worked with and counseled interfaith couples and families for more than 30 years and is the author of Celebrating Interfaith Marriages, a handbook that helps interfaith couples create a ceremony that reflects both of their beliefs and traditions.
In addition to her interfaith work, Lerner is a passionate advocate for social justice causes. She has worked to improve African American/Jewish relations, fought to stop the teaching of Creationism/Intelligent Design in public schools, and lobbied against numerous bills that endangered the separation of church and state. She received Richmond’s YWCA Woman of the Year Award in the area of religion for her interfaith advocacy.
In Boston, Rabbi Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Massachusetts. During her tenure, she increased the number and the visibility of clergy from many faiths who support marriage equality. She also helped found Boston Jewish Spirit, a Classical Reform congregation in downtown Boston.
Lerner currently lives in Arlington, where she continues her interfaith work and GLBT advocacy. She also consults with Elder Services agencies on new programs that help increase access to transportation for both elders and persons with disabilities.