...the shifting tectonic plates on which I plant my feet...
— Rabbi Mira Rivera
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ברוכים הבאים ¡Bienvenidos! Welcome!

Born in Michigan to immigrant parents, I grew up in the Philippines under the care of my maternal grandmother. Following the footsteps of the women and men in my family, I travelled all over the world seeking. I studied in Varanasi, taught meditation and yoga to women all over the world and organized grass roots initiatives before returning to the US. I fulfilled my dream of dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company, toured in Actors' Equity productions, and earned a B.F.A. in Film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Settling in New York City and raising a family, I taught dance to  public school children through National Dance Institute while growing as an

 

educator in synagogues. The more I engaged in Torah, especially in  chanting, the stronger became the desire to return to embodied spirituality. I was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2015 with an M.A. in Jewish Studies. Since then, I served my Chaplain Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Currently I am a Chaplain Fellow at DOROT as well as the Harlem Havruta Rabbi and Chaplain Associate at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.  I teach an "Exploring Judaism" program for the Rabbinical Assembly, Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies for youth and adults, private conversion preparation classes in Spanish, and liberation-based study through Harlem Havruta, a brave space for Jews of Color, allies and co-conspirators that I co-founded with Dr. Renee L. Hill.  I also walk with T'ruah, JFREJ, and IfNotNow. 

Photograph by Ellen Dubin