Sue Levi Elwell, Ph.D.
Sue Levi Elwell is a Professor of Jewish Spirituality specializing in Liturgy, Jewish Women’s History, and Feminist Spirituality. She has been teaching and writing about Jewish women’s history and feminist spirituality for the past 40 years. A 1986 graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Elwell was the Founding Director of the American Jewish Congress Feminist Center in Los Angeles, and subsequently served as the first rabbinic Director of Ma’yan, the Jewish Women’s Project of the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan (New York). She has served congregations in California, New Jersey, and Virginia, and worked as rabbi and chaplain of Beit T’Shuvah, a residential program for Jewish felons and other recovering addicts. For 18 years, she served as a senior staff member of the Union for Reform Judaism, working as a congregational consultant. Since October 2014, she has served as Scholar in Residence, Washington Hebrew Congregation. She also serves individuals as a Spiritual Director.
- Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives
- The Open Door, the CCAR Haggadah
- The Torah: A Women’s Commentary
- The Jewish Women’s Studies Guide
- Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation
- Jewish (Rabbi – Reform)
Online Course Offerings
- JES 502 Chapters of the Heart: The Power and Perils of Spiritual Autobiography
- JES 507 Feminist Transformations of Judaism: A Twenty-first Century Perspective