Rabbi Judith Lazarus Siegal is honored to be the senior rabbi of Temple Judea, a warm and inclusive Jewish community, which takes learning and worship seriously and engages in acts of love and kindness and social action all year long. Originally from New Orleans, Rabbi Siegal was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in May of 2006 with a Masters in Hebrew Literature. She also has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. She has served as a rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, FL since her ordination, and became the senior rabbi of Temple Judea July 1, 2014.
Rabbi Siegal enjoys building relationships, leading worship, creating meaningful life cycle moments, counseling, and teaching students of all ages at Temple Judea, from preschoolers in our Margaux Early Childhood School and their families to adult Torah study groups, new adult Hebrew students, and religious school students of various grade levels.
Rabbi Siegal currently serves on the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, on the board of the South Dade Federation, on the board of the South East Area Council of the CCAR, the Clergy Advisory board for URJ Camp Coleman, Past Board member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and as past chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews Interfaith Clergy Dialogue. She has been a fellow for the Jewish Outreach Institute’s Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates and has studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and is always looking for new and interesting study opportunities.
Rabbi Siegal is married to Brian Siegal, who is the Director of the American Jewish Committee of Miami and Broward, and they have three children, Ben, Josh, and Ella.