Rabbi Mark Miller
Rabbi Mark Miller serves as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He attended Northwestern University, where he received a dual degree in Psychology and History. Subsequently, he earned his M.A. in Hebrew letters and Rabbinic ordination from the Reform Movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Prior to arriving in Michigan, Rabbi Miller has worked at synagogues in Denver, Los Angeles, and Houston since 1993. He spent 11 years directing Jewish summer camps – first at Shwayder Camp in Colorado, then at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu. And one of his primary goals is to build on those experiences in the quest to create a meaningful Jewish paradigm in the emerging landscape of 21st century American life.
At heart, Rabbi Miller believes that Judaism embodies the human striving for holiness. When the Torah asks us to “be holy,” it is an invitation to teach and to learn, to love and laugh together, to share powerful moments of celebration and struggle … all for the greater good of strong families, bold communities, and a thriving society.
Beyond the four walls of TBE, Rabbi Miller embraces a wide range of professional passions. He currently sits on the regional board for the ADL of Michigan, the American Board of Livnot U’lehibanot, the Advisory Board for the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, the Rabbinic Advisory Council for Tamarack Camps, and the Advisory Council for the Coalition for Black & Jewish Unity. He is also a proud member of the President’s Rabbinical Council of HUC-JIR, the national core-team for the Reform Movement’s justice initiatives, and the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
Growing up in Colorado, Rabbi Miller developed a love for the outdoors, joy for learning, pride for Judaism, and passion for the Broncos. He lives in Birmingham with his wife, Rachel Ann, and their boys, Mori and Abraham. In his free time, Rabbi Miller enjoys scuba diving, playing guitar, hiking, and watching reruns of the finest show in television history – The West Wing. He and Rachel Ann also take great pride in explaining to friends where their Shinola watches were manufactured.