I’m Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan, a scholar and spiritual teacher living in Vancouver, Canada, on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. My work is spiritual, religious, and sometimes political.
I've studied western philosophy (B.A., M.A. Ph.D.), education (M.Ed., Ph.D.), rabbinics (ordination), spiritual direction (Grad.Dip.), Ayurvedic yoga (professional certificate), and depth psychology (9 grad courses). Yes, I love school.
At work, I am Director of Inter-Religious Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology. I am also Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue and Professor Emerita of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte.
As an author, I've recently written Mouth of the Donkey: Re-imagining Biblical Animals (Cascade, 2021) and The Infinity Inside: Jewish Spiritual Practice Through a Multi-Faith Lens (Albion-Andalus, 2019).
With my colleagues, I've recently co-edited Spirit of Reconciliation (Canadian Race Relations Foundation, 2020) and Encountering the Other (Wipf & Stock, 2020).
I love teaching and I have received many teaching awards. I'm especially delighted that I was named a U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and received an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy from Niagara University.
When I'm not at work or exploring spiritual practice, I'm usually volunteering at a synagogue or interfaith initiative; hiking, singing, or leading prayer services with my spouse; laughing with my young adult children; hanging out with my companion animals; or simply doing household work.
Please feel free to explore this website, using the menu bar at the top. For more information about my work, please link to my c.v., my VST faculty page, or my academia.edu page. And, of course, you can always contact me here.