Rabbi Bennett F. Miller, is a lecturer in Pastoral Theology at HUC-JIR/New York. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Rabbi Miller is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He earned a Master of Arts and Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, where he was ordained a Rabbi in 1974. He also earned his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1988. In March 1999, he was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the HUC-JIR. In 2008, Rabbi Miller completed a Certificate in Fund Raising at the George Heyman Center for Non-Profit Management and Fund Raising at New York University.
Rabbi Miller serves as Senior Rabbi of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has been associated with Anshe Emeth since 1974. Founded in 1859, Anshe Emeth is the third oldest congregation in New Jersey. Before coming to Anshe Emeth, he was the spiritual leader of Congregation Havurah in Buffalo, N.Y. and the New Jersey State Advisory Council on the Holocaust.
In October 2012, Rabbi Miller was elected to serve as the national Chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). ARZA is the Zionist arm of the Reform Movement of North America. In his capacity as Chair, Rabbi Miller represents a membership of nearly 25,000 Zionists in Reform Congregations throughout the United States. Rabbi Miller also serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
His varied activities include being the Chair of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities. He has also served as a contributor to the Judaica Series of the Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Appeal and to its rabbinic publication, The Orchard.
He currently serves as a member of the National Commission on Rabbinic-Congregation Relations and he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism. He also serves on the Board of Rutgers University Hillel. Rabbi Miller has served as Co-Chairman of the UAHC Commission on Synagogue Management and as founding Co-Chairman of the UAHC Commission on Synagogue Music.
In the New Brunswick community, Rabbi Miller is the founding Chairman of the Clinical Pastoral Education Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and continues to serve as the Chairman. He is the Jewish Chaplain to the New Brunswick Police Force. He has served on the Board of Elijah's Promise, a non-profit interfaith organization dedicated to providing meals to the homeless and needy in New Brunswick. He served also on the New Brunswick Tercentennial Executive Committee.
At HUC-JIR, Rabbi Miller serves as Instructor in Pastoral Theology in the Doctor of Ministry Program. He is also a member of the Clinical Faculty of HUC-JIR and he served as Instructor in Liturgy at the Jerusalem campus of the College-Institute.
Rabbi Miller is the author of Reform Jewish Identity: Developing A Program of Ministry to Guide the New Member of A Reform Synagogue to Mature Jewish Living. He is also the author of Siduree: A Prayerbook for Young Children, The Songs of Anshe Emeth for Shabbat, and numerous creative worship services. Rabbi Miller has also written the teacher's guide to Why Pray? published by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. He has had articles published in Compass Magazine and other periodicals and served for ten years as consultant to The Jewish Star, the newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.
Rabbi Miller and his wife Joan are residents of Monroe Township, New Jersey. They are the parents of two daughters, Rabbi Ellie Miller of West Orange, New Jersey and Carrie Miller Nussbaum of Short Hills, New Jersey and proud grandparents of Sam Miller Lynn, Max Miller Nussbaum, Meg and Jack Miller Lynn, Gabriel Miller Nussbaum, and Benjamin Miller Nussbaum.