Core Semikha, Class of 2024
Miriam Lorie is from Borehamwood UK, where she lives with her husband and two small boys. She is the Rabbi in Training at Kehillat Nashira - the first orthodox British woman to hold a clergy role.
Miriam's life has led her to becoming a rabbi, even though it took time to realise this was the direction everything was pointing. A teenage fascination with religion led her to read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and work in inter-faith dialogue for seven years. Her love of Judaism has taken her to study at Midreshet Harova and the Pardes Centre for Jewish Educators.
Miriam co-founded a local Partnership Minyan in 2013 - the first such minyan to regularly meet in the UK. She regularly leins, teaches and leads davening at this warm and open minyan, Kehillat Nashira.
Miriam has worked at Lead, developing Jewish leaders for the UK Jewish community, where she collaborated with the London School of Jewish Studies to develop and run an online Jewish literacy course for community leaders. She has designed and led fellowships for emerging Jewish leaders and inter-faith leaders.
Miriam trained with the Eden Centre as a kallah teacher. She has worked with couples pre marriage for several years and is part of a team creating a new, spiritually-oriented mikveh for London. Miriam has taught Jewish texts in a variety of adult education settings and has been a bat mitzvah teacher for over 10 years. Her teaching philosophy is to instill a Judaism which is affirmative, joyful, text based, and which inspires the bettering of our world.
Miriam was named one of the Jewish Chronicle’s “Sixteen under 30’s to watch in 2016” and in the Jewish News’ “40 under 40” in 2020.
Realising that Jewish teaching was a life calling, Miriam began the Yeshivat Maharat Beit Midrash Programme in 2019, became a freelance Jewish educator in 2020, and began the Semikha programme later that year.
publications and media
#maharat10daysoftorah Shavuot, Day 4
Forgetting to Remember and Remembering to Forget
Female Orthodox Rabbis Simply Make Perfect Sense
In the News
May 27, 2022
Sow Reality, Reap Utopia
Five Tales of a Disrobing
Vicar of Dibley, Shmicar of Dibley
Panels and Discussions; About Maharat
January 3, 2021
There’s No Place Like Home
Miriam Lorie Makes History with Rabbinical Appointment at UK Orthodox Community
February 3, 2022
Two More British Women Seek Rabbinic Ordination
December 30, 2020