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About Laura

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan is a spiritual teacher of uncommon grace and depth.

Weaving a tapestry of ideas, insights, and student voices, she brings existential, philosophical, and religious questions to life.

Professionally, she brings her gifts to the training of liberal clergy. She serves as Director of Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, and as a core faculty member at ALEPH Ordination Programs.

She has been honoured by her past employers with the titles Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue and Professor Emerita of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte.

She received many teaching awards, including the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious U.S. Professor of the Year Award.

She has studied philosophy, education, Jewish studies, spiritual direction, depth psychology, and Ayurvedic yoga. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education (Claremont Graduate University, 1991), Rabbinic Ordination (ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, 2005), and a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction (Vancouver School of Theology, 2010).

She has written dozens of articles, edited multiple anthologies, and authored one book.

She has learned from her life’s lucky, though complex, gifts: loving families of origin and choice; peaceful places of residence; abundant educational opportunities; and long hours of interesting work.

She has also learned from her life’s challenges: raising two children; burying her elders; recovering from serious illness and managing its chronic manifestations.

She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband Charles, a psychologist and musician. Together they enjoy making music, leading religious ritual, hiking with their relatives, and caring for a changing array of companion animals.

About Sophia Street

“Sophia” is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word chokhmah, wisdom. Sophia Street, where Laura and Charles live, is an actual street in Vancouver. Developer Henry Valentine Edmonds built it in 1885, and named it in honour of his sister.

Interested in studying with Laura?

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