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BIO

Rabbi Marla Feldman is the author of the recently published book of feminist midrash, Biblical Women Speak: Hearing Their Voices through New and Ancient Midrash (JPS, 2023). Feldman is both a Reform rabbi and a lawyer. She is the Executive Director Emerita of Women of Reform Judaism, and currently serves ‘of counsel’ with the law firm Peer, Gan, & Gisler LLP, specializing in clergy contracts.

Previously, Feldman was the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism and Director of Development of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).​ Prior to her work with the Reform Movement, she served Jewish Community Relations Councils in Detroit and Delaware, where she also taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Detroit-Mercy and the Widener University College of Law in Wilmington, DE. Previously, Rabbi Feldman served congregations in Sarasota and Orlando, FL.​

Feldman was ordained in 1985 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), where she also received her M.A.H.L. in 1983. She received a J.D. from the University of Florida in 1993 and a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.​

In addition to her book “Biblical Women Speak” Feldman contributed chapters in several publications, including The Social Justice Torah Commentary, Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority, and The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate. She was guest editor of the Reform Jewish Quarterly (CCAR Journal) 2021 symposium on Gender in Jewish Life and co-guest editor of the 2018 symposium on Pay Equity. She has written several Reform Movement action manuals, including "Speak Truth to Power," "K’hilat Tzedek: Creating Communities of Justice," and "From Tzedek to Tzedakah: Social and Economic Issues of Concern for Women and Children." Her articles and op-eds have appeared in Jewish publications and newspapers nationwide and her modern midrashim have been published in numerous periodicals and collections.

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