Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Marla J. Feldman with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Rabbi Feldman was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Feldman is the Director of Development for the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ). Previously, Rabbi Feldman served as the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Feldman is both a Reform rabbi and a lawyer. She received her JD from the University of Florida in 1993 and is a member of the Florida Bar. Rabbi Feldman was ordained from HUC-JIR/New York in 1985 and received her BA in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
Rabbi Feldman represents the URJ in national coalitions and has served on many non-profit boards, including the Save Darfur Coalition, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Rabbis for Human Rights-NA, Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues and the interfaith advisory boards of Cover the Uninsured Week and National AIDS Partnership.
Before joining the staff of the URJ, Rabbi Feldman worked in the Jewish Community Relations field in Detroit and Delaware and served congregations in Orlando and Sarasota, FL.
Rabbi Feldman’s social justice work has taken her to Asia, South America, and Africa. Most recently, she delivered mosquito nets to refugees in Kenya through the URJ Nothing But Nets campaign. She has led numerous “mitzvah corps” service learning programs throughout the US and Israel.
Rabbi Feldman is the author of several Reform Movement action manuals. Her articles, Op Eds, and modern midrash have appeared in periodicals, books, and newspapers throughout the country.