Hannah Dresner

Hannah Dresner believes it is her calling to work toward a revitalized Judaism integrating experiences of head, heart and physical being into Jewish practice so that our religious lives truly address the breadth of our human needs. She currently serves as full time spiritual leader of Or Shalom, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in Vancouver, BC. She is in the last cohort to have received rabbinic smicha from Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi through the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, where she was also ordained as a spiritual director. Rabbi Hannah entered the rabbinate with an MFA from the University of Chicago and an exhibition, curatorial, and teaching record in visual arts. She is a Rabbis Without Borders fellow as well as a fellow in the second cohort of CLI, CLAL’s Clergy Leadership Incubator.


Articles by Hannah Dresner

Summer Vacation – Gateway to Teshuvah

I offer my present lightness of being as Torah, the Torah of embracing our fullest selves, reverent and irreverent impulses equally inspired by the divine.

What’s Worse, Fear or Wandering?

Our Israelite ancestors wandered a wilderness of fear, scared to proceed, feeling small, wandering for the rest of their lives rather than moving forward through fear.

An Angel is Born

Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek! Let’s be strong, and strengthen one another!

Spiritual “Hearing”

To what are we enslaved? How does our slavery hold us back, nailed to the doorpost? And what would we ...

Catching Our Breath

This Shabbat we celebrate the New Moon of Shevat, the beginning of the Hebrew month in which the world begins ...

It’s Not A Supernatural Miracle

Eternal light in the ancient Temple symbolized an uninterrupted connection between God and the people. When the Romans desecrated the ...

Be All That You Can Be

In 1996, I fell in love with Marsha Falk’s feminist revision of the blessing I’d been giving my daughters every ...

Humble Audacity

Commentary on Parshat Noah, Genesis 6:9-11:32 After the great flood, all of humanity shared a single language and lived together ...

Make a Window in the Word

My favorite Hasidic teaching is a teaching about prayer couched in a homily on Noah’s Ark. God tells Noah to make ...

Arrived: First of Our Long Awaited Refugee Families!

Or Shalom, Vancouver’s East-Side Shul, the synagogue I serve as spiritual leader, is a community of 200 households that has ...