lay leader


  • 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

Example Sentences

  • "Sally is an amazing lay leader; she is reliable, prompt, and always meets her fundraising commitments."

Languages of Origin


Who Uses This

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


North America




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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