Laura Baum

Rabbi Laura Baum is a Founding Rabbi and the Chief Operating Officer of and a Rabbi at Congregation Beth Adam in Cincinnati. With expertise in social media and the changing needs of the Jewish community, Laura has created an innovative model for engaging those seeking new ways to connect to Judaism. Under her leadership, provides meaningful Jewish connections for Jews around the world and was named by Slingshot as one of the top 50 innovative Jewish organizations. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale, she has rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College and an MBA from Xavier University.

Articles by Laura Baum

An Attitude of Gratitude

Jewish tradition reminds us that being happy with what we have is so important.

How Do I Cope with the News?

Amid natural disasters, white supremacist rallies and more, the importance of staying in dialogue with community.

Balancing So Many Calendars

How to find the time to spend with those we truly care about.

This Passover, Slavery Hasn’t Ended

Regardless of which Haggadah you use to tell the Passover story, you can download timely and thought-provoking supplements to add meaning to your Seder.

They Warned Me About This in Hebrew School

If my Facebook feed is any indication, there’s quite a bit of discontent these days with many recent political decisions. ...

Philanthropist Charles Feeney, Maimonides and Anonymous Giving

I recently read an article in the New York Times about Charles F. Feeney, whom the headline calls the “James Bond ...

Why I’m Not Afraid of Natalie Portman’s Christmas Tree

Jewish actress Natalie Portman announced to Jimmy Fallon that she is going to have a Christmas tree for the first ...

We Are All Leaders

Leadership is on my mind this week. We elected a new president of the United States, a leader with a ...

Who is this Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf?

It’s not even Rosh Hashanah, and some people are already talking about Hanukkah! There’s a new children’s book: Shmelf the ...

Tu B’Av, Love Yourself Challenge

Last night marked the beginning of the holiday of Tu B’Av. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. ...