Rabbi Heather Miller

Rabbi Heather Miller, MAHL served BCC between 2014-2018. Rabbi Heather was chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the Jewish Federation’s Edah Rabbinic Fellowship, an intensive leadership program for rabbis practicing congregational innovation, organizational change, and the development of spiritual communities.

Rabbi Heather previously served Temple Beth El of South Orange County, CA. There, in addition to her responsibilities preaching, teaching and leading, she secured funding from the Orange County Jewish Federation to pioneer the Engaging Shabbat Experience, welcoming prospective members to the congregation, and resulting in an impressive rate of affiliation. Additionally, she helped lead the innovative Saturday religious school for the entire family, called Bayit to Bayit, a project of the Legacy Heritage Foundation. Rabbi Miller was also active in interfaith groups working for marriage equality. She was profiled in the Orange County Jewish Life Magazine, and recognized as a woman leader of Orange County.

Rabbi Miller was born and raised in an interfaith family in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Wellesley College and earned her B.A. in two areas: Peace and Justice Studies with a focus in Jewish History, and Africana Studies in 2001. She received her M.A. in Hebrew Literature in 2007 and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2008 earning awards in Homelitics, Rabbinics, Halakhic Literature, Ecumenical Studies, History, Interfaith Activities, and Human Relations along the way. She is a proud member of the Central Conference of Reform Rabbis, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Black Jewish Justice Alliance, and the Jewish Outreach Institute’s Professional Affiliate Program.

In 2013, Rabbi Miller and her wife, Melissa de la Rama, were named two of the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Leaders to Watch. Rabbi Miller currently serves on the foundation’s Advisory Board and their LGBT Community Funding Board.

Rabbi Heather Miller now serves as Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth El of South Orange County. She can be reached at  rabbimiller@tbesoc.org. We share our love & appreciation for Rabbi Heather and wish her great success in her new congregation!


Read Articles from Rabbi Heather Miller

A Fond Farewell and Gratitude from Rabbi Heather Miller (May 2, 2018)
The Clothes Do Not Make The Man: A Drash on Parashat Tetzaveh (February 23, 2018)
Rabbi’s Column: A New Year for Life and Overcoming Fear (December 27, 2017)
Out of the Depths of Torah: The Analogies of Parashat Toldot (November 27, 2017)
Adding Light to our Lives: Thoughts on Hanukkah and Ohr Chayim (October 31, 2017)
Heeding the Sacred Call: Yom Kippur 5778 Drash (October 2, 2017)
Building Sacred Community: Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778 (September 25, 2017)
A reflection on the Tragedy in Charlottesville (August 16, 2017)
Not Bread Alone: A Drash on Parashat Eikev (August 11, 2017)
Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din celebrates 500 conversions (August 10, 2017)
LA Sheriffs Civilian Oversight Committee Holds Town Hall on Immigration (August 10, 2017)
Peace Through Peaceful Means: Parashat Pinchas (July 17, 2017)
Everyone Counts: Parashat Ki Tissa (March 17, 2017)
The Power of Flexibility — Parashat Beshallach (February 10, 2017)
Why We March: A Drash on Exodus (January 24, 2017)
Jewish Symbols as Invitations to Tell Our Stories: Parashat Vayeshev (January 4, 2017)
Parashat Miketz and A Hanukkah 2016 In Memoriam
Historic Civilian Oversight Commission (November 7, 2016)
5777: Binding the World with Chesed (October 6, 2016)
Family Matters: A Drash on Parashat Ki Teitzei (September 19, 2016)
From the Rabbi’s Study: A Time of New Beginnings (September 12, 2016)
The Pursuit of Justices — Parashat Shoftim (September 9, 2016)
Nothing Gold Can Stay — Parashat Eikev (August 26, 2016)
Love Binds Us Together: Shabbat Va’etchanan (August 19, 2016)
Rabbi Heather is a Civilian Oversight Nominee! (June 23, 2016)
Jewish Healing (April 23, 2016)
On God and Godzilla:Shabbat Tzav (March 25, 2016)
On Body and Soul… (February 25, 2016)
Sacred Resistance: Parashat Bo (February 3, 2016)
A Meaningful Life is a Covenantal One: Parashat Yitro (January 29, 2016)
Faith leader celebrates Supreme Court gay marriage decision in West Hollywood (June 29, 2015)
Rabbi Heather Miller Shares Her Best News in 2014 (December 31, 2014)
People: Rabbi Heather Miller (May 11, 2014)