Rabbi Miriam Margles has been our rabbi since 2010. As a prominent and soulful advocate for progressive Judaism, she engages our community and the world with wisdom, creativity, and warmth.
As an artist, educator, and activist, Rabbi Miriam’s leadership extends beyond the DJC. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute, she teaches in a range of contexts in Canada and the United States. Integrating dynamic Jewish learning, heart-opening spiritual practice, community building, and creative exploration in movement, voice, and writing, she facilitates workshops with various populations, including hospital patients, prison inmates, groups of Jews and Palestinians, and adults and young people of all ages. Her original compositions of Jewish music for prayer are sung by communities throughout North American, Israel, and Europe.
Rabbi Miriam is also co-founder of Encounter, dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be constructive agents of change in transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rabbi Miriam earned a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in creative writing from York University in Toronto.