Lisa Exler

Lisa Exler

Lisa Exler is Director of the Curriculum Project, a joint initiative of Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School, where she is the Director of Jewish Studies. Previously, Lisa served as a senior program officer in the experiential education department at American Jewish World Service, where she developed and managed a range of educational materials to promote the values of global citizenship in the American Jewish community. Lisa has a B.A. and an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She lives in Washington Heights, NY, with her husband, Elie, and children, Maytal, Amalya and Yaniv.

Bechukotai

Walking—putting one foot after the other—is, for many of us, our most basic vehicle for navigating the world. Yet we probably don’t put much thought into it. We’re more concerned with where we’re going than how we’re getting there; and unless we’re on a hike, we rarely think of walking as an end in itself, or count it among our blessings.

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Shmot

Several weeks ago, at a gathering of alumni of AJWS’s service trips for Jewish leaders—the Rabbinical Students’ Delegation and Young Rabbis’ Delegation—I encountered three women whose overlapping narratives exemplified how we are all implicated in the struggle for human rights, and whose courage can inspire us to support this effort.

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Bechukotai

Walking—putting one foot after the other—is, for many of us, our most basic vehicle for navigating the world. Yet we probably don’t put much thought into it. We’re more concerned with where we’re going than how we’re getting there; and unless we’re on a hike, we rarely think of walking as an end in itself, or count it among our blessings.

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Shmot

Several weeks ago, at a gathering of alumni of AJWS’s service trips for Jewish leaders—the Rabbinical Students’ Delegation and Young Rabbis’ Delegation—I encountered three women whose overlapping narratives exemplified how we are all implicated in the struggle for human rights, and whose courage can inspire us to support this effort. I encountered the first two …Read More

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Shoftim

We are pleased to welcome guest writer, Lisa Exler, senior program officer at American Jewish World Service. Parashat Shoftim concludes with a horrific scene: a murdered corpse is found in the no-man’s-land between several cities; the murderer is long gone.[1] Those of us veteran viewers of Law and Order might expect the description of this …Read More

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Re’eh

We are pleased to welcome guest writer, Lisa Exler, senior program officer at American Jewish World Service. It happens to me on a daily basis: I return home from work, check my mailbox and am almost inevitably confronted by solicitations from organizations representing worthy causes, asking me to donate money to fight hunger, prevent disease, …Read More

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Bechukotai

We are pleased to welcome guest writer, Lisa Exler, senior program officer at American Jewish World Service. Walking—putting one foot after the other—is, for many of us, our most basic vehicle for navigating the world. Yet we probably don’t put much thought into it. We’re more concerned with where we’re going than how we’re getting …Read More

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