Rabbi Heather Miller is an author, officiant, advocate, teacher, preacher and speaker who has demonstrated her knowledgeable, relatable, warm, and accessible spiritual leadership since 2008.
An award-winning social justice advocate, Rabbi Heather Miller was named the 2018 Giant of Justice by CLUE-LA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), appointed Commissioner on the first-ever Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission in 2016, selected as a Jewish Federation Edah Community Leadership Fellow in 2016, and identified as a Leader to Watch by the Liberty Hill Foundation in 2013.
Rabbi Miller wrote ReSOULutions: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair, which has been taught in faith communities from New York to California. Her actions and ideas have been featured in more than 15 publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Jewish Journal, The Orange County Register, Orange County Jewish Life Magazine, The New York Times, Shema Journal, ReformJudaism.org, InterfaithFamily.com, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Episcopal News Service.
She has served as spiritual leader of several congregations across the United States including the world’s first LGBT-founded Jewish synagogue. She has designed dynamic and accessible learning programs for four religious schools, the largest pluralistic Jewish Day School in the United States, and the American Jewish University Graduate School of Education.
Born and raised in an interfaith family in Los Angeles, California, she received her B.A. from Wellesley College (2001) and her M.A. in Hebrew Literature (2007) and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (2008). She is a proud member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, and she is a Board Member of the Women’s Rabbinic Network.
Rabbi Miller can be found around town officiating weddings, studying Talmud each day, speaking on any of a number of topics, meeting with community members working on social justice, at Temple Israel of Hollywood where she serves as Visiting Rabbi, or writing her next book on the subject of wedding rituals specializing in interfaith and intercultural celebrations, to be released in 2021.
RE(SOUL)UTIONS: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair invites the reader into a process of self-reflection for the sake of personal improvement and empowerment. Rabbi Heather Miller draws from thousands of years of Jewish traditional texts, infusing them with relevance and practical meaning to Jewish and non-Jewish readers today. Her writing is warm, accessible, and meaningful.
"Rabbi Heather Miller takes us through the sacred journey of Elul with wisdom, warmth and tremendous intellectual facility. Weaving Torah, Talmud, and Midrash, together with the spiritual guidance of her soul, she creates a compelling, meaningful and easy-to-follow guidebook for this Jewish month of preparation. Her teachings are as practical as they are uplifting, and as personal as they are universal."
"Resolutions is Torah in its essence--uplifting and soul-stirring. This collection is a call to deeper self-knowledge and healing, both personally and universally. A powerful and inspiring addition to your bookshelf!"
"This is a perfect way to enter the month of Elul, with an excellent step by step, day by day guide with delectable soul food along with daily new details to stimulate our intellect. A new MUST for the High Holy Days, and/or year round. Will join the ranks of seasonal Jewish classics!"
"This text is clearly written, beautifully arranged, and thoughtfully presented in a way that allows the reader - at any level of knowledge or experience - to connect with their inner soul, and with their personal mission to improve their life. Highly recommend!"
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“The way that she talks to people, the way that she sees every person as inherently valuable, I think that speaks to her religious faith in a way that quoting Scripture can’t.”