Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism since 2012, is a Reform rabbi, lawyer, and certified fundraiser, she was previously 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, Rabbi Feldman worked in the Jewish Community Relations field in Detroit and Delaware, where she also taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Detroit-Mercy and the Widener University College of Law, respectively. She also previously served congregations in Sarasota and Orlando, FL.
Feldman earned her J.D. from the University of Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar. Feldman was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York, where she also received her M.A. in Hebrew Literature. She earned a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Rabbi Feldman also received a Certificate in Fundraising from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Rabbi Feldman represents the Reform Movement in numerous coalitions and has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Save Darfur Coalition, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, and the interfaith advisory boards of Cover the Uninsured Week and the National HIV/AIDS Partnership.
Feldman’s articles and op-eds have appeared in Jewish publications and newspapers nationwide. She served as guest editor of the CCAR Reform Jewish Quarterly symposia on pay equity and single-gender programs and is the author of several Reform Movement action manuals. Rabbi Feldman also writes modern Midrash, which have been published in numerous publications.