Rabbi Alex Ozar and Lauren Steinberg

Rabbi Alex and Lauren have been the JLIC Directors at Yale since 2018. Together with their three children, they are honored to learn and cultivate a positive, flourishing spiritual community together with students and the broader Yale Jewish community. Rabbi Alex grew up in St. Louis, MO. A fourth generation Missourian on both sides, he left home to spend two blissful years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and then returned stateside to attend Yeshiva University, where he received his BA, MA and Semikha. A proud Bulldog himself, Alex has also received a PhD at Yale in Philosophy and Religion, with a focus on prophetic witness and the how-to’s of pursuing justice in an often indifferent world. In his spare time he enjoys rocking out on the guitar, exploring the outdoors, and solving the cosmos’ problems with friends and family.

Lauren Steinberg grew up in New City, NY and received her BA and MA in political science from Columbia University. After graduation, she worked in intergroup and interfaith affairs, and then as a subject matter expert focusing on terrorist recruitment and radicalization for the Anti-Defamation League’s national Center on Extremism. Lauren nurtures a side interest in medicine, enjoys spending time outdoors, and can often be found browsing new non-fiction releases at the New Haven Free Public Library.

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