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Rabbi Lila Kagedan

Core Semikha, Class of 2015


Rabbi Lila Kagedan is a clinical ethicist, licensed mediator and educator working in academic, pastoral and clinical settings. She is a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and holds degrees and certificates from Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The University of Toronto, Harvard University, The Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Massachusetts General Hospital and is a Shalom Hartman Institute Rabbinic Senior Fellow. She is also a Hadassah Brandeis Institute- Gender, Culture, Religionand Law Research Associate.

Lila Kagedan was ordained in 2015 by Yeshivat Maharat where she became the first Orthodox woman to claim the title rabbi and previously served as the rabbi of the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea, MA. She was also the founder of the Sulam School in Brookline, MA. She continues to serve as clergy at various locations in the Massachusetts Jewish community including the CJP, Mayyim Hayyim community Mikvah and sits on the board of the Young Israel of Brookline. She is the director of biomedical ethics and the humanities at New York Medical College where she also serves as associate professor in the faculty of medicine and dentistry. Lila Kagedan serves as an ethicist at Westchester Medical Centre and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Rabbi Kagedan is deeply committed to justice work at the intersection of faith, inclusion, anti-racism, education and health. She serves on the clergy interfaith coalition for the city of Chelsea, MA and serves as the co-chair of the disparities in health working group at the Cambridge Hospital. She is also on the inclusion committee addressing issues of social determinants of health and racial disparities of health at New York Medical College.

publications and media

Breastfeeding Series Session 2 - Saving Milk from Shabbat & Donated Milk
Panels and Discussions
February 3, 2021




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