Kolot's Student Rabbi for 2016-2017, Miriam Grossman, is a multi-generational Jewish educator, community organizer, and an energizing leader of Jewish ritual. In addition to being Kolot’s Student Rabbi, Miriam is in her second to last year of rabbinical school at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Previously, Miriam was the inaugural Talmud Fellow at SVARA, the world's first Queer Yeshiva. Miriam also taught at the Jewish Enrichment Center, a pluralistic Reggio Emilia-inspired children’s program, combining arts-based exploration with traditional Jewish study. A Co-founder of Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools, for two years Miriam mobilized Jewish people across Chicago to join low-income communities in the fight for education justice in Chicago. Prior to JSAS, Miriam was a Program Director for AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps. She was also a Jewish Community Organizer with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. In 2011, Miriam won the 20/20 Award for her innovative work with JCUA on educating Jewish youth about racial and economic injustice in Chicago. In Chicago Miriam also served as a Rabbinic Intern for Mishkan Chicago, an independent Slingshot award-winning community. Miriam is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is passionate about infusing vibrant spirituality and ritual into community life and solidarity work. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Daniel Reiser who was ordained in May 2016 by Hebew Union College -- Jewish Institute of Religion, served as Kolot's Student Rabbi throughout the academic year of 2015-2016 (5775-5776). He departed in June 2016 to serve as the Assistant Rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.
Some of the words Rabbi Reiser delivered from the pulpit while at Kolot can be accessed by clicking here.