Rabbi Lara Haft Yom-Tov

Rabbi Lara Haft Yom-Tov (They/Them) is a Jewish educator, activist, and student at Beit Midrash Har-El, an Israeli rabbinical program focused on Jewish law. 

Rabbi Lara is joining our outreach and Noam alumni team working with young adults and hopefully inspiring us with some of their chesed work.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Lara discovered a passion for learning and teaching Jewish texts during their studies at Duke University. 

In the eight years since teaching their first Year 6 class, they have taught Torah in summer camps, universities, and synagogues. 

Currently, Lara is working alongside Rabbi Daniel Reifman on the Talmud Skills Project, an initiative focused on curriculum development and spreading accessible Talmud pedagogy. 

Lara has studied at Drisha, Hebrew College, SVARA and Pardes. Lara loves cooking, listening to podcasts, and rock climbing.

“I’m delighted to be joining Masorti, a movement equally rooted in tradition and a visionary commitment to creating a better future. My Bubbe used to say that the most important things in life are our relationships. That’s why I’m so excited to be a part in planning cozy Shabbat meals, local activism, and welcoming opportunities for Torah learning.”

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