Lauren Tuchman

( she/her )
SVARA Fellow

Rabbi Lauren Tuchman is a sought after speaker, spiritual leader and educator. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018, she is, as far as she is aware, the first blind woman in the world to enter the rabbinate. She provides consulting to individuals and organizations across the Jewish community on a variety of matters pertinent to disability access and inclusion. She has taught in numerous synagogues and other organizations across North America. She was named to the New York Jewish Week’s 36 To Watch for her innovative leadership concerning inclusion of Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. In 2017, she delivered an ELI Talk entitled We All Were at Sinai: The Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah.

In addition to her work in the disability inclusion space, Rabbi Tuchman passionately believes in the power of spiritual and contemplative practice as a path of transformational personal and collective change for the Jewish world and beyond. In 2024, she launched Disability Wisdom As Soul Care in partnership with Kirva, formerly The Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project. She is an alum of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program and is currently training to become a Jewish mindfulness teacher under the auspices of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and Or haLev. Find more at www.rabbituchman.com

In 2022, she completed Flourish: an immersive in mindfulness practices under the direction of expert mindfulness teacher, Yael Shy.

She is a SVARA fellow, completing the SVARA Kolel in 2019. She continues to be a regular teacher with SVARA.

Blog posts by Lauren Tuchman

Mishnah Yoma Chapter 1 Mishnah 2 Pt. 3

וּשְׁאָר כָּל הַיָּמִים אִם רָצָה לְהַקְרִיב מַקְרִיבOn all the other days of the year, if [the High Priest] wishes to…

Moving Through This Crash

The central grand story of the Jewish tradition is undoubtedly the Exodus from Egypt. We remember our experience moving from…

Mishnah Yoma Chapter 1 Mishnah 1 Pt. 5

שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא טז) וְכִפֶּר בַּעֲדוֹ וּבְעַד בֵּיתוֹ בֵּיתוֹ זוֹ אִשְׁתּוֹ As it is stated (Leviticus 16:6), “And it will atone…

Enough Space, Enough Room

In her beautiful song, Enough Room, my teacher, Rabba Dorothy Richman invites us to imagine and bring into being the…

Joy on Purim

In her recent Rosh Chodesh piece for the month of Adar II, my friend and colleague Rav Avigayil Halpern beautifully…

Teaching at a Time Such As This

In addition to my love of Mishnah and Talmud, I am passionate about Jewish contemplative practice. I am a Mussar…

Why I Love Wrapping Tefillin

I remember well the first time I tried to wrap tefillin. Someone kindly lent me their set after Shacharit (morning…

This is Chanukah

Throughout Chanukah, SVARA’s Mishnah Collective has been doing a deep dive into a classic dispute on Shabbat 21B between Bet…

Finding My Possibility Model

It is hard, nay impossible, to adequately capture the feelings that came over me when I learned about the passing…

The Plurality of Mourning

Nachamu Nachamu ami, “comfort, comfort my people,”— the opening words of the Haftorah from the book of Isaiah, which we…