Rabbi Laila Haas

Rabbi Laila Haas

A talented teacher and an innovative leader, Rabbi Haas brings to Temple Beth El a passion for Jewish life and a broad range of rabbinic experience. Ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2011, Rabbi Haas spent the first seven years of her career as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama.  During her tenure there, Rabbi Haas built a robust adult-education program, established an innovative process for engaging new members, and leveraged her creativity in Temple programming and strategic planning.  In addition, she founded “The Discovery School” – Temple Emanu-El’s preschool which grew to more than 90 students in just its second year.  She also helped to develop and implement an innovative curriculum for their religious school.

Since 2018, Rabbi Haas has served as Director of Adult Learning and Growth for the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami. There she created a new strategic vision for adult learning and growth for the entire Miami Jewish community, helping to grow attendance by more than 20 percent each year.  She led her agency’s response to the COVID pandemic, quickly pivoting to provide learning and engagement opportunities online, providing a vital lifeline to hundreds of people suffering from loneliness.

A native of Miami Beach, Rabbi Haas graduated from the University of Miami, and also earned a Masters of Educational Administration from Xavier University.

Blogs By This Author

Shabbat Message
Sefer Bamidbar: Shabbat Message by Rabbi Laila Haas
This week, we open a new book of Torah, Sefer Bamidbar. The Parshah begins with God’s instruction to Moses, “Take a census of the whole congregation of Israel.” The Zohar, from the Kabbalistic tradition, teaches, “the final count of Israelites in the census — 603,550 — totals the number of
June 7, 2024