Our Rabbi

Rabbi Darah Lerner

Rabbi Darah Lerner has been serving Congregation Beth El for over 15 years, sharing her love for Judaism and a commitment to Tikkun Olam/the repair of our world. She works 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.

Before entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Lerner worked in small business management, including video stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and a technology transfer company in Albuquerque, NM.

Rabbi Lerner's love of movies, interest in the environment,  and commitment to intra-Jewish community cooperation are evident in her sermons and her throughout her work in the Bangor and Downeast Maine Jewish Community.

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She has taught at Husson University, Bangor Theological Seminary, and is a favorite of the Penobscot Senior College. 

She is currently an adjunct facility at the University of Maine, teaching classes for the Judaic Studies Minor.

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 is active in work with the Islamic Center of Orono and other multi-faith and interfaith programs and organizations.

She also speaks widely on Jewish issues, ethics, and diversity in our community.

Rabbi Lerner lives in Bangor with her wife and their dog. Please reach out to her. She would love to connect with you!

Rabbi Lerner currently serves on the Judaic Studies Advisory Committee at the University of Maine and is the President of the Wilson Center (an independent, progressive religious & spiritual voice at University of Maine.)

She previously served on the boards of the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination and the Penobscot County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.