- a member of the board of directors for a Jewish non-profit organization
- an adult who helps coordinate programs of a Jewish organization in a volunteer capacity
- "Sally is an amazing lay leader; she is reliable, prompt, and always meets her fundraising commitments."
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Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
More prestigious than "volunteer." In other religious traditions, "lay leader" refers to a member of the laity in a leadership position, distinct from the clergy. In Jewish life, the distinction is between "lay leader" and "professional," or staff. See: "Jewish professional"
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