Rabbi Rachel Lawson Shere
RABBI RACHEL LAWSON SHERE grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. She received her BA in English from the University of Michigan and her MA in Hebrew Letters from American Jewish University. She studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem for one year and was ordained as a rabbi in 2004 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.
Since ordination, Rabbi Shere has been a member of the clergy at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She enjoys combining yoga and meditation with Torah study and frequently teaches classes on these subjects. Her rabbinate includes a great deal of pastoral counseling and hospice work. She has served on the board of Kadima, a Jewish mental health agency, and also as a chaplain with the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. She currently sits on the board of South Oakland Shelter, working to end homelessness. Rabbi Shere is passionate about social justice and has traveled with the human rights organization, American Jewish World Service. Inspired by the work of AJWS, she founded a monthly social justice book group at the synagogue. Rabbi Shere is a past member of the AIPAC National Council and has participated in a rabbinic mission to Israel with rabbis from around the country.
She and her husband, Dan, are the proud parents of Eitan, Avi and Ezra.