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Rabbi Mark J. Miller — Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Mark J. Miller grew up in Colorado, where his parents instilled in him a deep sense of pride in Israel and Judaism. After graduating from Northwestern University with a dual degree in history and psychology, he spent 11 years as a Jewish Camp Director — first with the Maurice B. Shwayder Camp of Congregation Emanuel in Colorado, and then with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu, California.

According to Rabbi Miller, the central verse in Torah is one we read on Yom Kippur each year: “You shall be holy for I, Adonai your God, am holy.” It is this call to holiness that defines us as Jews, and which informs the choices we make for ourselves, our families, and our community. And it is the same striving toward holiness that Rabbi Miller brings to worship, study, and action.

Since arriving at Congregation Beth Israel with Rachel Ann, Mori, and Abraham, Rabbi Miller has focused his energy in the areas of community building, engaging worship, social justice, Israel, and life-long education. He also has been active with a number of agencies throughout Houston, including SEARCH Homeless Services, CanCare, Interfaith Ministries, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Rabbi Miller is the immediate Past-President of the Houston Rabbinical Association, co-chair of The Metropolitan Organization’s clergy caucus, and serves on the core team for the URJ’s Just Congregations initiative.

Away from the synagogue, Rabbi Miller enjoys throwing a baseball with his boys, playing guitar, hiking, and trying to re-create the delicacies from “Top Chef.”


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