Reb Mimi (Miriam Sara) Feigelson is an Israeli orthodox rabbi and scholar of Chassidic Thought. She was recruited in 2001 to serve as the Mashpi’ah Ruchanit (spiritual mentor) and Lecturer of Rabbinic Literature and Chassidic Thought at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. In her work at the American Jewish University she primarily teaches and counsels the rabbinical students but also regularly teaches Chassidic thought and Liturgy for the Fingerhut School of Education, and is available to the undergrad students as well. The emphasis of her work is academic excellence engaged in spiritual and religious development, as fit for the next generation of Conservative Rabbis. Along with her colleagues she is a regular contributor to Today’s Torah, Ziegler’s virtual Torah learning program. Her weekly ‘Chassidic Chabura’, (www.zieglerpodcasts.com), Chassidic commentaries on the Torah portion and prayer, along with periodic collaborative teaching with other Ziegler faculty draws students and listeners from the international Jewish community. This year she has dedicated the learning to the Wisdom of Rabbi Klonimus Kalman Shapiro of Piasetzna, “The Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi”, highlighting his educational and meditative manifests. As an integral element of being the Mashpiah Ruchanit of the School, Reb Mimi maintains a strong connection with the Ziegler Alumni and escorts them in their Rabbinate.
In addition to her work at the AJU she is a frequent guest lecturer at the local high schools and synagogues of Los Angeles and Southern California. She is Scholar-in-Residence in many Jewish communities and organizations throughout the USA. Internationally she has taught in Canada, England, the F.S.U and engaged in interfaith dialogue for many years in India. When returning home to Jerusalem she continues to teach there as well.
Currently Reb Mimi has embarked on perusing a Doctorate at HUC-JIR, titled: “On the Cusp of Life: From Scared to Sacred”. It is an exploration of redefining funerals and cemeteries.
In 2010 Reb Mimi was recognized by The Forward as one of the fifty most influential female Rabbis in the USA.
Biographical Works (Written About Me)
Tanenbaum, L. Taking Back God – American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2009
Rocher, S. “Meet the World’s First Female Orthodox Rav,” The Jewish Chronicle. July 2009
Shachak, B. (director), “You Never Know,” Documentary on disciples of Rabbi Shlomo
Carlebach. (Dec. 2007)
Garb, J. ”Yechidai Ha’segulot Y’heyu L’adarim” – Iyunim B’kabalat Ha’meah Ha’esrim.
Jerusalem: Carmel Pub., 2005
Gelfond Feldinger, L., “The Next Feminist Revolution,” The Jerusalem Post, (March 2005)
Gruenbaum Fax, J., “A Spiritual Path to Weight Loss,” The Jewish Journal of Greater Los
Angeles, (September 2004)
Klug, L.A., “Between Israel and America: Can Orthodoxy Change?” Hadassah Magazine,
Sheleg, Y., “The Extinguishing and Rekindling of the “Holy Fire,” Ha’aretz, (April 2004)
Sheleg, Y.“Haraba Tao Neged Harav Tao,” Haaretz, (September 2004)
Graetz, N. “Women and Religion in Israel,” in: Jewish Feminism in Israel – Some
Contemporary Perspectives. K. Misra and M. Rich (eds.), Princeton University Press.
Hunter, J., “Program Prepares for Jewish New Year,” The Knoxville News, (September 2003)
Wall, A., Outed as a Rabbi, Orthodox Woman to Speak Here,” Jewish Bulletin of Northern
California, (March 2002)
Macdonald, S., Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure, Broadway Books, 2003
Abelson, J., “Feeding the Soul,” The Jerusalem Post (March 2001)
Gruenbaum Fax, J., “A Different Standard,” The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles,
Ya’akov Friedland (director), “She’asani Isha,” Documentary on Orthodox Women in Israel
Sheleg, Y., “Dati’im Tzi’irim Bisvilei Ha’idan Hachadash,” Ha’aretz, (September 2000)
Brown, E., “A Crack in the Wall,” The Jewish Week, (December 2000)
Goodstein, L., “Ordained as Rabbis, Women Tell Secret,” The New York Times (December
Friedman, S., “Mimi Feigelson,” in: Learning in Jerusalem: Dialogues with Distinguished
Teachers of Judaism. Jerusalem: Jason Aronson Inc. (1998)
Mason, R., “Heard the One About the Moslem and the Jew?” The Jerusalem Post, (October
Chabin, M. “Learning to Live Together,” Catholic Near East (July – August 1997)
“Hendon’s Spiritual Seminar,” London Jewish News, (December 1997)