As part of our ongoing series of Our Jewish World talks by Jewish spiritual leaders, Rabbi Ellie Miller, the senior rabbi of Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, spotlighted “How Women Bring a Different Level of Spirituality to Jewish Practice.” Her three-part series, which was free and open to the public, was held on Tuesdays, May 2, 9, and 16, at 1 p.m., at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany.
Our Jewish World is coordinated by Ellen Nesson and Melanie Levitan.
Rabbi Miller pointed that women (and men, too) have brought a wonderful level of spirituality to Jewish practice. “This level of spirituality helps to bring deep meaning to our rituals,” the rabbi said. “We will start with women of the Bible and work our way toward today, exploring the influence of women on prayer, poetry, music and more.”
Rabbi Miller earned an MA degree in Hebrew literature from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and was ordained in 1999. Rabbi Miller returned to the Hebrew Union College to earn a master of arts in religious education, which she completed in 2010.
A native of New Jersey, the series leader served as the associate rabbi of Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel in South Orange for 16 years. Rabbi Miller is passionate about Jewish education, Jewish music, social justice, social action, mitzvah work and Israel. She looks for ways to make prayer meaningful and Jewish tradition relevant.