Renowned storyteller, activist, organizer, writer, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, is one of the first ten women in Jewish history to enter Rabbinic life and, in 1980, became the first woman ordained in the Jewish Renewal Movement. In 1973 she began congregational life with Temple Beth Or of the Deaf and then lived for 22 years in NM where she co-founded Congregation Nahalat Shalom, The Muslim Jewish Peacewalk for Interfaith Solidarity and Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence. She moved to California in 2005 to direct Interfaith Inventions Wilderness Peace Camp, and AFSC’s Israel Palestine program with Noura Khouri.
Rabbi Lynn serves on the advisory and rabbinic council of Jewish Voice for Peace and leads delegations to Israel, Palestine, and Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She cofounded The Community of Living Traditions with Rick, Kitty and Rabia in the spring of 2009 in an effort to bring the work of creating a multifaith, multicultural and multigenerational environment for activists committed to strategic nonviolence to build upon their work. She moved to Stony Point in November 2009 in order to set up The Shomer Shalom House and work on CLT programming.
She is author of She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism, and Trail Guide to The Torah of Nonviolence, coming out in 2012. She co-founded JSNAP: Jewish Solidarity with Native American Peoples in the winter of 2011 and continues to write and organize around Jewish nonviolence, prevention of violence toward women, anti-racism work, living wage movement, ending occupation and promoting multi-faith understanding.