Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg is Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC. Rabbi Landsberg is co-founder and co-chair of the DC Jewish Disability Network—a coalition of national Jewish movements and organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition–a coalition of representatives from national denominations and faith groups (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and more).
Rabbi Landsberg is founder and co-chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ (CCAR) Committee on Disability Awareness and Inclusion. She is co-founder of Hineinu: Jewish Community for People of All Abilities. Hineinu is an historic and innovative collaboration of the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and Reform Jewish Movements. Disability professionals from each stream share resources, support and direction in order to increase disability inclusion in synagogues for people of all abilities.
Rabbi Landsberg is a survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury, the result of an auto accident in January 1999. She has spoken across the country at synagogues, churches and interfaith programs advocating for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to ensure all have equal access to religious and civic life.
Rabbi Landsberg was Associate Director of the Religious Action Center, Reform Judaism’s social justice center in Washington, DC (1988-96) and then Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Mid Atlantic Region.
She was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Rabbinical School and received her Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard Divinity School.
Rabbi Landsberg has served as associate rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City (1981-84) and then as rabbi of Temple House of Israel in Staunton, Virginia and Congregation Beth El in Harrisonburg, Virginia until coming to Washington, DC.
Arriving in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 1988, she assumed leadership roles in inter-religious affairs and in Black-Jewish relations. She served as the vice-chair for the Interfaith Coalition on Justice and Peace, a coalition of national religious bodies influencing public policy. She served on the board of directors and had been the national spokesperson for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, an inter-religious organization dedicated to safeguarding the constitutional guarantee for reproductive freedom.
Rabbi Landsberg is the 2012 recipient of the Jewish Foundation of Group Homes S. Robert Cohen award. She is featured in Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion by Mark I. Pinsky. She co-authored with Shelly Christensen, “Judaism and Disability: R’fuat Hanefesh—The Healing of Our Souls, Individual and Communal,” in Judaism and Health—A Handbook of Practical, Professional and Scholarly Resources (Jewish Lights).
Rabbi Landsberg and her husband, Dennis Ward, have one son, Jesse L. Ward, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, now fully employed. They have one Jewish cat, Felix, born at URJ Camp Harlam, Pennsylvania.