About Rabbi Miri Gold
May. 30, 2012
- Made aliyah from Detroit, MI in 1977 to Kibbutz Gezer.
- Married to David Leichman, Jewish Educator.
3 children: Eliora, Arishai and Alon Leichman
- Born in Detroit; grew up at Conservative congregations Shaarey Zedek and Beth Shalom.
- BA from University of Michigan 1971, Philosophy, cum laude.
MA from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1999, Institute for Contemporary Jewry, cum laude
- Master of Hebrew Letters, HUC, Jerusalem, 1999, and Ordination from the Israeli Rabbinic Program (3rd woman to be ordained as a Reform rabbi in Israel)
- Serves as rabbi of Kehilat Birkat Shalom, a regional Reform synagogue based at Kibbutz Gezer.
- Petitioner since 2005 to Israel Supreme Court, demanding recognition as the rabbi of Gezer, and demanding a salary on par with the 16 Orthodox rabbis in the Gezer Regional Council. On May 29, 2012, the Israel Attorney General decided that the Ministry of Culture will pay salaries to rabbis of non-Orthodox council and farming communities. This signifies a major step forward towards achieving religious pluralism in Israel.
- Board member, Rabbis for Human Rights
- Graduate of the “Mezorim” program at HUC, Jerusalem, for pastoral counseling and spiritual support
- Israel Representative for WRN, Women's Rabbinic Network
- Miri was named by The Forward newspaper as one of the five influential women rabbis in Israel, October 2010.
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