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Laura Duhan-Kaplan laughing in front of a slide that says "Religious Pluralism, Indigenous Studies Program, Vancouver School of Theology"

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 recently received the American Academy of Religion's Katie Geneva Cannon Excellence in Teaching Award (2022). Before that, I received the American Association of Philosophy Teachers award (2004) and was named a U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2001).

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.

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Photo of a smiling woman holding a scowling cat, illustrating an essay about personal spiritual symbols
Laura Duhan Kaplan at the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation, photo courtesy of Charles Kaplan
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LDK & CK at Kallah