Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Literature, Communication and Media Department and has been Professor of Literature at AJU for the past twenty years. Her areas of special interest include creating new translations of traditional prayers, as well as new prayers and ceremonies for inclusion in Jewish religious life; American, Jewish, and Israeli poetry and fiction; religious poetry, ancient and modern; and what she calls “Judaism: Body and Soul” – the matrix of spirituality, food, environmentalism and health.
An award-winning teacher and widely published writer who serves as a Scholar in Residence throughout the United States, Europe and Israel, she has been a Greenfaith Fellow and a visiting scholar at Hebrew University, UCLA, and USC. Dr. Glazer has held numerous fellowships, including the National Humanities Institute, Memorial Foundation, and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Before joining the AJU faculty, Dr. Glazer was Senior Lecturer & Head of the Foreign Literatures Department at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
In addition to her position at AJU, Dr. Glazer teaches at the Academy for Jewish Religion and facilitates Torah Study groups, retreats, and conversion classes throughout Los Angeles. She co-writes a bi-monthly column in New York Spirit.