For over 3 decades, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD. has been exploring, teaching and writing about spirituality, and working towards creating and sustaining healthy and open-hearted communities. She has served congregations in California, New Jersey and Virginia, and has taught at the University of Cincinnati, UCLA, and LaSalle University. Elwell edited The Open Door, the CCAR Haggadah (2002), served as the poetry editor and member of the editorial board of the award winning The Torah: A Women's Commentary (2008), and as one of the editors of Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation (2001). The founding Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center, Elwell has been with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1996, serving as the Director of the Pennsylvania Council and Federation of Reform Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia from 2001-2008. A Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, she continues her studies through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. A lifelong Reform Jew, Elwell is the mother of two grown daughters. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner, Nurit Shein, who directs The Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia's pre-eminent LGBT health center. Sue and Nurit are third generation members of Philadelphia's Congregation Rodeph Shalom.