Lisa A. Edwards, Ph.D.


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Lisa A. Edwards has been the rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) since August 1994, but her connections to BCC predate that. While a rabbinic student studying in Los Angeles, Rabbi Edwards was first a BCC member (from 1989) and later a student rabbi at BCC (fall 1991-summer 1992). She returned to BCC in her current position right after ordination.

Rabbi Edwards holds an A.B. degree from Brown University, a Master's in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, where she wrote a dissertation entitled, Restoring Voices: Traditional Jewish Sources in Post-Holocaust Jewish American Fiction. Rabbi Edwards attended rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York campuses, receiving a master's degree in Hebrew Letters in 1991 and ordination in 1994. Rabbi Edwards and her partner, Tracy Moore (editor of Lesbiot: Israeli Lesbians Talk about Sexuality, Feminism, Judaism and Their Lives, Cassell Press, 1995), celebrated with the BCC community in November 1995, when, on their 10th anniversary, they stood together under a chupah at a ceremony co-officiated by Lisa's brother, Rabbi Laurence Edwards and Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills.

(This biographical statement provided by Lisa Edwards.)

Created: 11/22/2004 4:34:46 PM

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Biography: November, 2004