Kolot's Student Rabbi for 2016-2017, Miriam Grossman, is currently a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and a Jewish educator, writer, and community organizer. A Co-founder of Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools, from 2012-2014 Miriam mobilized Jewish people across Chicago to join low-income communities in the fight for education justice in Illinois. Prior to JSAS, Miriam was a Program Director for AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps, a Jewish Community Organizer with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and the inaugural Talmud Fellow at SVARA, a “Traditionally Radical Queer Yeshiva.” In each of these roles she worked to infuse vibrant spirituality and ritual into community-rooted justice work. In 2011, Miriam won the 20/20 Award for her work with JCUA, educating Jewish youth about racial and economic injustice in Chicago. Miriam previously served as a Rabbinic Intern/ Leadership Fellow for Mishkan Chicago, where she shared her poetry and delivered divrei torah year-round. From 2014-2015, Miriam studied at Hebrew College and was a CIRCLE Fellow with the Center for Interreligious & Communal Leadership Education. Currently, Miriam is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is thrilled to join Kolot Chayeinu as a Student Rabbi and cannot wait to serve this vibrant open-hearted community.
Some of Miriam's writings can be accessed here.
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.