More about Rabbi Miller:
Author, Officiant, Advocate, Teacher, Preacher, Speaker
Rabbi Heather Miller is the founder of Keeping It Sacred, a global community dedicated to the intrepid exploration of sacred texts, the practice of meaningful rituals, and the unwavering pursuit of social justice. She has demonstrated her knowledgeable, relatable, warm, and accessible spiritual leadership since 2008. On any given day, she can be found around town officiating weddings, studying Talmud, speaking on any of a number of topics to various groups, meeting with community members, working on social justice, or writing her next book.
She genuinely loves mining Jewish sacred texts for timeless wisdom that deepens the meaning in her life; and she loves sharing what she learns with others. Her exploration of Jewish ethics has led her to be a strong advocate for social justice and she actively engages in solidarity work for a variety of causes.
Rabbi Miller received her B.A. from Wellesley College (2001) in Peace and Justice Studies and Africana Studies, and her M.A. in Hebrew Literature (2007) and Rabbinic Ordination (2008) from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a proud alumna of the NewGround Muslim-Jewish Partnership, and the Jewish Outreach Institute's Rabbinic Program, as well as a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Los Angeles Board of Rabbis, the Orange County Board of Rabbis, the Interfaith Presidents Council, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She is an executive board member of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and immediate past-president of the Interfaith Council of Greater Rancho Santa Margarita, and has been named a 2022 Center for Rabbinic Innovation fellow..
She has served as spiritual leader for several congregations across the United States including the world’s first LGBT-founded Jewish synagogue. She has designed dynamic and accessible learning programs for four religious schools, the largest pluralistic Jewish Day School in the United States, and the American Jewish University Graduate School of Education. She has consulted for film and TV studios including Netflix, and recently been granted a 2022-2023 Fellowship for Rabbinic Innovation from the Center for Rabbinic Innovation.
Social Justice Work
An award-winning social justice advocate, Rabbi Heather Miller was named the 2018 Giant of Justice by CLUE-LA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), appointed Commissioner on the first-ever Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission in 2016, selected as a Jewish Federation Edah Community Leadership Fellow in 2016, and identified as a Leader to Watch by the Liberty Hill Foundation in 2013. She is currently a member of the Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative, the Black Jewish Justice Alliance of CLUE, Clergy for Black Lives, Jews for Black Lives, The World Congress of GLBT Jews. and the Los Angeles DA's Interfaith Advisory Board,
Publications and Press
Rabbi Miller wrote Re(SOUL)utions: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair, which has been taught in faith communities from New York to California. Her writing is also featured in Where Pride Dwells: A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual and the forthcoming, Prophetic Voices: Renewing and Reimaging Haftarah. Her work has been featured in more than 15 publications including the Los Angeles Times, Jewish Journal, The Orange County Register, Orange County Jewish Life Magazine, The New York Times, Sh'ma Journal: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, ReformJudaism.org, InterfaithFamily.com, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Episcopal News Service. She has been featured in popular podcast series such as Sacred Stories, The Talk, Come Pray with Me, Torah for Christians, and Women Rabbis Talk, and has also been interviewed on LA Talk Radio and Talkline Communications Network's Equal Footing program.
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