Author Archives: Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson

About Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson is a fourth year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She completed her BA in Religious Studies and History at Rice University in 2009, and spent a year learning at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and two years at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. Lauren has had the opportunity to learn and work at IKAR, Cornell Hillel, Adamah Adventures, and with Encounter. She is originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina and currently lives in New York City. Lauren currently serves as the Rabbinic Intern of the Pelham Jewish Center in Pelham Manor, New York.

Eye Rollers and Deep Breathers

Lauren Henderson
March 7, 2014

One of my classmates at JTS says that you can divide up most of the JTS student body (and most groups in general) into two categories:  “deep breathers” and “eye rollers.” The deep breathers are those meditative types, the ones who meet a new situation with a huge inhale and a contented smile. They’re the More »

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Hoping for a reunion in Shanghai

Lauren Henderson
December 16, 2013

In late October, a news segment aired about a Chinese family who has been holding onto 2,000 books for the past 70 years that belonged to a Jewish family who fled to Shanghai during the Shoah.*  Even though the district decided that it was time to renovate the neighborhood where the books were stored, the More »

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A reflection on multivocality and empathy

Lauren Henderson
November 15, 2013

Last year in Israel, I was part of the Encounter Leadership Seminar, where we as future Jewish leaders worked on becoming productive agents of change around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  I spent time in the West Bank, including Hebron, Ramallah, and Bethlehem, and also in East Jerusalem, and I listened to stories.  I heard Palestinian narratives More »

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Flying Solo

Lauren Henderson
September 19, 2013

I often think about Yom Kippur as a solo experience.  Even though I spend all of Yom Kippur surrounded by hundreds of other Jews praying, it’s really about me and God in dialogue, as if it were only the two of us in the room.  So it’s a bit strange that the only piece of More »

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