Rabbi Esther L. Lederman

Vice President, Leaders in Action

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman serves as Vice President of Leaders in Action at the URJ. Prior to that role, she was the URJ’s Director of Congregational Innovation & Leadership. From 2009-20015, Rabbi Lederman was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Micah in Washington, DC. She was ordained in May 2008 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University. Rabbi Lederman sits on several boards: T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, the Habonim Dror Foundation, and Ameinu. She also serves on the board of the Federation of Greater Washington. She makes her home in Arlington with her two children and husband, Scott Gant, a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and a proud alum of NFTY!

Latest by Rabbi Esther L. Lederman

The URJ at 150

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
2023 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Union for American Hebrew Congregations - now called the Union for Reform Judaism. What should this milestone mean?

What Makes a Community? It's the People

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
A few years ago, when my son was still pretty young, we were heading out to participate in Friday night services for families with young children. When he asked where we were heading, I said, "We're going to Temple Micah." We weren't going to the building on Wisconsin Avenue that is Temple Micah, we were heading to a local coffee shop and bookstore where services were being held. But to me, that was Temple Micah. The people we would see, the feeling we would get by being together - all of that was Temple Micah - not the temple building itself.