Lisa deeply believes that our lives and our world can be infinitely enriched by the wisdom and beauty contained in Jewish ritual and thought.
Her Jewish education began at a Conservadox synagogue in the Midwest and then picked up again when she was 40. She studied Hebrew for two years at UCSD, participated in the Union for Reform Judaism summer program at UC Santa Cruz for 10 years and completed the intensive 18-month Kivvun program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. At her synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego, Lisa started Tashlikh; was a founder of the lay-led Shabbat morning minyan service; and started three-generation participatory family High Holy Day services, editing its mahzor. Lisa served on the North American Board of the URJ for eight years, including co-chairing a tri-partite commission on rabbinic burnout.
Lisa is a licensed clinical psychologist. Now retired, she practiced in La Jolla California for more than 30 years and taught at the UCSD School of Medicine. She lives in La Jolla with her husband of 40 years, and has two married daughters and six adorable little grandchildren.
She has been actively engaged as an artist for most of her adult life. Lisa enjoys doing Hebrew calligraphy and works primarily in the medium of clay. She loves to swim, ski and travel. She currently serves as a trustee of the Institute for Shipboard Education, which runs the “Semester at Sea” program, and devotes her volunteer efforts and philanthropy to saving the big mikvah — the ocean, which sustains all life.