lay leader


lay leader (LEI LEE-der) listen


  • n. A member of the board of directors for a Jewish non-profit organization.

  • n. 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

  • English

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
  • South Africa
  • Australia / New Zealand


  • None


  • 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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