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Joshua Lesser

Joshua Lesser

Joshua Lesser recently transitioned from Atlanta’s Congregation Bet Haverim’s Senior Rabbi to Rabbi Emeritus in a bold move to discover what’s next. He is excited to collaborate with The OnBeing Project as he serves as the Spiritual Companion to their Social Healing Fellowship. Responding to the challenges that faith and spiritual leaders have encountered during the pandemic and political disruption, Joshua has created two international online forums for clergy to brainstorm, share resources, and offer mutual support. He is a trained spiritual director and leads groups that explore themes like grief, moral injury and creativity. Joshua was named one of The 36 Most Inspiring Rabbis by the Forward and one of The 100 Most Influential LGBTQ Clergy by the Huffington Post. He has become known for honoring tradition while creating rituals and lifecycles that reflect the specific context and/or the people involved. He has been given a grant for a project that reimagines how to prepare families for their children’s coming of age rituals by understanding their strengths and values.


He is just beginning to design the possibility of a contemplative and ritual center to address the spiritual needs of our time that he is calling Attune.

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