Evan Lerner Traylor
New York City

About Me

Evan Traylor is a rabbinic student and Jewish community builder, educator, activist, and writer. Each and every day, he strives to support and guide people, build strong Jewish communities, and work toward justice and liberation, creating a more loving and peaceful world for all people.

Evan is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he is a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Tisch Fellow, and a Ko’ach Fellow. He currently serves on the boards of Encounter and JOIN For Justice, leadership team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, and the Commission on Social Action of the Religious Action Center. Prior to rabbinical school, Evan worked at the Union for Reform Judaism for several years creating new initiatives in college and young adult engagement, where he was selected for the New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36”.

Originally from Oklahoma City, Evan grew up as part of a loving family and was always active and connected with sports, music, school, and the Jewish community. He graduated from the University of Kansas studying political science, Jewish studies, and leadership studies. During his senior year at KU, Evan was selected as the winner of the ExCEL Award for excellence in community engagement, education, and leadership. Evan is an alum of NFTY, URJ Greene Family Camp, and URJ Kutz Camp, and served as the North American President of NFTY. Previously, he was an engagement intern for the University of Kansas Hillel, a trustee on the URJ Board, a student member of the Hillel International Board of Directors, and a co-founder of the Hillel International Student Cabinet. Evan lives in New York City with his wife and their tiny dog, Ruby Nakia.