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Rabbi Miller

Inspired, Yet Down-To-Earth Spiritual Guide

Hi! I’m Rabbi Heather Miller. I believe that the exploration of meaningful texts, traditions, customs, and rituals can bring more light, more justice, more love, and more joy to our world.

 

I smile a lot because I survived a medical crisis as a kid and have always cultivated a sense of gratitude for life ever since. Growing up in an interfaith family, I learned the skill of authentically making ritual observances accessible to all. My beloved grandmother, Fruma “Kit” Endler, who taught me the importance of joy in Jewish life. And that’s why Keeping It Sacred, and its acronym, KITS, honors her loving memory.

 

I live in Southern California where I enjoy time with my wife, Melissa, our two amazing kids, my recently-widowed mother, and my Catholic in-laws.

 

I know what it feels like to be made to feel not Jewish enough. In my case, it was for having grown up in an interfaith family. For others it might be because you do not conform to ashkenormative standards, you don’t keep kosher, or you are not married. All of that is just the noise of other people’s judgements. This is why I founded Keeping it Sacred, to create an accessible, relevant, and empowering community for all of us.

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Author, Officiant, Advocate, Teacher, Preacher, Speaker

Rabbi Miller 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.

 

Background

She 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 from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (2008). She is a proud alumna of the NewGround Muslim-Jewish Partnership, 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, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and is an executive board member of both the Women’s Rabbinic Network and the Interfaith Council of Greater Rancho Santa Margarita.

 

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. 

 

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, and The World Congress of GLBT Jews,

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, and Come Pray with Me, and has also been interviewed on LA Talk Radio.

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