Core Semikha, Class of 2026
Ahavya (Lauren) Deutsch, Esq. is an attorney, activist, and Torah scholar, living in Rochester New York with her husband and three children. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 2001, and worked in migrant women’s health in San Diego, California, prior to law school. She graduated with her Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2008, and began her legal career in New York City as a Postgraduate Domestic Violence Fellow, before joining the Domestic Violence unit at The Legal Aid Society of Rochester in 2010. She became the Executive Director of a reproductive justice organization in 2014, and in 2018 became the Executive Director of the Worker Justice Center, a non-profit legal services and advocacy organization dedicated to dismantling structural workplace oppression. Lauren’s research interests include bruising injuries in victims of color, effective care management for traumatized clients, and the impact of poverty on health equity. Lauren lectures on Jewish topics in family law, biblical literature, and Jewish philosophy.
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