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Rabbi Lisa S. Malik, Ph.D.

Rabbi Lisa Malik

Before becoming the rabbi of Temple Beth Ahm in 2011, Rabbi Lisa Malik served as the spiritual leader of Suburban Jewish Community Center Bnai Aaron in the Philadelphia suburbs for 7 years.  She was also the founder and lead teacher of Club Nashim: Classes for the Minds, Bodies, & Souls of Jewish Women.  Rabbi Malik grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to East Brunswick, NJ when she was a teenager.  She was the Hebrew valedictorian of the Yeshivah of Flatbush.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, she worked as a Marketing Associate and Assistant Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble and as an Account Executive for Foote, Cone, & Belding advertising agency.

After realizing her true calling, Rabbi Malik began to work in the Jewish community, first as the Education Director of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco and then as an education consultant and researcher.  She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Education & Administration from Stanford University and her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In 2004, she received the Cyrus Adler Prize, awarded each year to the outstanding student in the graduating class of the JTS Rabbinical School.

Rabbi Malik and her husband, Professor/Cantor/Rebbitzman Adi Wyner, have 3 children: Ariel, Eva, & Rivkah.  

You can reach Rabbi Malik at


5780 High Holidays sermons (2019)

Rosh HaShanah Day 1: Take A Leap of Action

Rosh HaShanah Day 2: The Positive Side of Negative Traits


5779 High Holidays sermons (2018)

Rosh HaShanah Day 1: On Borders, Fences, & Boundaries

Rosh HaShanah Day 2: What Happens After You Die, What Happens Before You Die, & Ethical Wills

Yom Kippur: Striving to be Erech Apayim (Slow to Anger) & Fast to Forgive like God


5778 High Holiday Sermons (2017)

Rosh HaShanah Day 1: Option B

Rosh HaShanah Day 2: Rebounding, Resilience, & Post-Traumatic Growth

Kol Nidrei (Erev Yom Kippur): Hearing vs. Listening with Kavannah

Yom Kippur: Mother Died: Lessons From Nusha Wyner z"l (on Am Yisrael Chai & Creeping Standism)


5777 High Holiday Sermons (2016)

Rosh HaShanah Intro to Amidah: Spiritual Selfies & Rabbi Malik's Suggested 7 New Year's Resolutions for 5777 

Rosh HaShanah Day 1 Sermon: Blessings in Disguise & Attitude Change 

Rosh HaShanah Day 2 Sermon: Terrorism, Religious Violence, and the Israel Double Standard


5776 High Holiday Sermons (2015)

Embrace Imperfection, But Still Strive to Improve & Do Teshuvah

Judge Other People Favorably/ Give Others The Benefit of the Doubt ("Dan L’Chaf Z’chut")

Kol Nidrei: Live Life How You Want To Be Remembered

Yizkor:  Telling The Story Is Insufficient: Need To Show Up!


5775 High Holiday Sermons (2014)

Israel is Family

Happiness & Striving

Kol Nidrei: Don't Bowl Alone; Join the Team

Yizkor:  Hope In the Face Of Hopelessness


5774 High Holiday Sermons (2013)

Words That Hurt & Heal, Penina's Taunts vs Avraham's Hineni

Recharging Batteries - Shabbat

Kol Nidrei - Tzedakah - Justice & Community

Yizkor - Reframing


5773 High Holiday Sermons (2012)

Rosh HaShanah Day 1 - Shuvah Return to Judaism, Return to Israel.pdf
Rosh HaShanah Day 2 - Striving to be a Welcoming & Inclusive Sacred Spiritual Community.pdf
Rosh HaShanah Day 2 - Introduction to U-netaneh Tokef How Obama's Campaign Rhetoric of Hope & Change Can Help Us Better Understand the U-netaneh Tokef Prayer.pdf

5772 High Holiday Sermons (2011)

Rosh HaShanah Day 1 - Teshuvah & Attitude Change.pdf
Rosh HaShanah Day 2 - On Hatred, Anger, & Enemies.pdf
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei) - Stepping Out Of Our Comfort Zones.pdf
Yom Kippur (before Yizkor) - Theodicy When Bad Things Happen To Good People.pdf


Mon, April 19 2021 7 Iyyar 5781