Miriam Edelman teaches Tikkun Olam: Congregational Social Justice in the vocational programme for fourth year rabbinic students.
Miriam is an organisational psychologist who has worked across multiple continents for over thirty years. Her experience in management, technology, academia, and consulting has involved working with people throughout organisations including CEO/Board level. A proficient communicator with a Masters in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics (MSc (Dist) 2004), Miriam has particular interests and expertise in decision-making, culture, research, organisational design and strategic transformation, client/supplier relationships, knowledge processes, business processes, business-focused technology development, change and innovation, investment funds, and international/intercultural organisations and experiences.
Miriam grew up in a do-it-yourself congregation in a small university town in Kansas, raised with strong Jewish values around community and social justice. She is a passionate advocate, trained by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in North America as a community activist and leader for congregational social action. She has been actively involved in social justice community work and initiatives in the US and UK.
Miriam is also committed to learning, text study, and informal education; she has taught religious school in the US and UK, primarily teaching social justice, ethics, and practical Judaism to 12 to 16 year olds. Miriam taught the Religious Studies Judaism GCSE from 2015-2017 for Wimbledon Synagogue (where she has been a member since 2003), and now teaches a bespoke curriculum for those years, Judaism and Ethics for Teens, which she co-developed. She attended her first Limmud conference in 1995, and has been a dedicated activist and volunteer since suggesting that there should be some social justice programming, and thus being co-opted to create such a track; she is currently a Trustee and Treasurer of the Limmud organisation.
Miriam is a member of Wimshul Cooks, and regularly cooks, bakes, and teaches about Jewish food. Miriam also has a special interest in modern Jewish music.