Rabbi Lisa Batya Friedland

(She/Her/Hers)

Post-Denominational

Rabbi Lisa Batya Friedland Headshot

Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required

Mikvah:

Required (Natural mikvah — Ocean or river)

Beit din:

Not required but recommended (Rabbis, cantors, and/or lay leaders)

Conversion location:

Santa Fe, N.M.

Mentoring sessions available in:

English, Spanish, A different language

Student levels accepted:

Mitzvah, Chai, Scholarship

Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required (No change)

Mikvah:

Required (No change)

Beit din:

Not required but recommended (Virtual beit din via video conferencing is also acceptable.)

I am happy to work with

Families with children, People who identify as LGBTQ, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

Shalom, and Welcome! I fell in love with Jewish music and the Hebrew language at a young age. I grew up hearing about my grandfather who formed his own synagogue and served as the rabbi at Grossinger’s in Upstate New York, and his legacy shaped me.

I have been on a spiritual quest for a long time. In my search for meaning, I encountered Buddhism, which I delved into for ten years. In the course of my Buddhist training, I returned to Judaism and found profound connection to my lineages: rabbinic, chassidic, and Israelite priesthood. In 2015, I received Smicha (Ordination) from Rabbi Mark Siedler in a private hand-to-hand ceremony.

Personal and collective healing are paramount to my relationship to Judaism. So are the universal values that come through Judaism, such as truth, love, kindness, and beauty. My orientation is spiritual, contemplative, experiential, natural, and creative. Simultaneously, I am deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.

Translation is very important to me, and I have translated the beginning of Genesis into English. I love to be in nature, sing, dance, hang out with friends, and make calligraphy.

For more information, please visit lisabfriedland.com, or you may find my Hebrew music on any platform.

Education

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination)
Private Rabbinic Ordination by Rabbi Mark Siedler

Omanaya Center for Hebrew Spirituality
Hebrew Bible, Jewish Liturgy, Jewish Lifecycle

Middlebury College Hebrew Language School
Biblical and Modern Hebrew

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Hebrew Bible

Upaya Zen Center
Chaplain Ordination

St. John’s College
Master of Arts, Eastern Classics