Rabbi Elizabeth B. Hersh is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel, a reform congregation in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Her rabbinical career includes tenure at United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis, congregations in Sydney and Perth Australia, the chaplain for Jewish Family and Children’s Service as well as a long-time instructor for Melton in St. Louis and Sydney, Australia and Introduction to Judaism. Currently, Rabbi Hersh serves as the Vice-President of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association and will serve as Chair beginning in July 2022 for the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC). She has served on the Boards of Provident, Magdalene St. Louis, Millstone Institute Advisory Board, Maryville University Advisory Group, Jewish Family Services and Care and Counseling.
Rabbi Hersh has been a blogger for the St. Louis Jewish Light. She has twice received the Belin Outreach Award for work with Interfaith Families. Rabbi Hersh serves every aspect of her congregational community from worship services to lifecycle moments, weekly teaching, and pastoral care.
She is a graduate of Skidmore College and received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Hersh and her husband, Robert Kleinlehrer are the proud parents of Noah Kleinlehrer. They enjoy their travels to Colorado to ski.