Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman was ordained as a rabbi in 1969, received his Ph.D. in 1973, and has taught since then at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York. From 1984 to 1987, he directed its School of Sacred Music as well. In 2003, he was named the first Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. He currently teaches classes in liturgy, ritual, theology and synagogue leadership.
For thirty-five years, Rabbi Hoffman has combined research, classroom teaching, and a passion for the spiritual renewal of North American Judaism. In that regard, he is internationally known for his lectures to lay audiences at synagogues and other venues.