Laura Baum

Rabbi Laura Baum is a Founding Rabbi and the Chief Operating Officer of OurJewishCommunity.org 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, OurJewishCommunity.org 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

Super Mario Bros. and an Inclusive Jewish Community

I love this video. The sounds bring me back to my childhood. Having grown up in the 80s, Super Mario ...

Judaism for Singles or for Families?

I’m getting married next week. Most of the wedding planning is done (but, oy, the table assignments, they continue to ...

No Room at the Inn for Interfaith Weddings?

I officiate at a lot of weddings. Many of those ceremonies are between a Jewish partner and a partner of ...

Passover and Questions for All

As Passover draws to a close this weekend, I’m thinking about two things: a pizza binge on Friday night and ...

April Fools’, Purim and the Balance of Humor and Seriousness

Judaism is masterful at balancing the playful and the serious, and so much of life is about that balance as well.

Words Matter

Last night, as the Republican debate began, a Facebook friend wrote that she was having her own internal debate about ...

Why I Co-Officiate Interfaith Marriages

The most popular days to get engaged are Christmas (and I assume Hanukkah!), New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day. That ...

Valuing Words and Memories

It’s nine days into the new year, and so far I’ve kept my resolution! I’m not generally much of a ...

The Beauty of Dreams

Dreams are a big part of last week’s and this week’s Torah portion. Among the dreamers are Joseph, the cupbearer, ...

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Making Holidays Our Own

When is Hanukkah 2015? Click here to find out! Thanksgiving is coming, and Hanukkah is just around the corner. The ...