Miriam Daniel, an attorney and staunch supporter of Progressive Judaism in Israel, was installed as a member of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors at its meeting in New York on June 4, 2018.
Daniel was born in Tel Aviv and raised in the United States. She is the daughter of Ruth Daniel, z”l, and Gerard Daniel, z”l, HUC-JIR Governor Emeritus, founders of the Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, including Beit Daniel and Mishkenot Ruth Daniel. Beit Daniel is one of the most successful Reform synagogues in Israel, serving thousands of Israelis with religious, cultural, and educational programs. Mishkenot Ruth Daniel hosts visitors from around the world, including NFTY and Birthright participants.
Daniel, has worked in her family’s business, which includes management of timberland in Maine and development of micro-housing in Seattle, WA, and is an officer of the Friends of the Daniel Centers, a non-profit dedicated to help the Daniel Centers. She is actively involved in the Daniel Centers’ work with the Diaspora, including solicitation of support for Shonim B’Yachad (Different Together), an annual art contest for elementary and secondary students in the greater Tel Aviv area on the subject of tolerance, equality and accepting the other, the winning posters of which have been exhibited in the United States.
Seeking to increase the connection between the Daniel Centers and Reform synagogues and their members in North America, she travels to Israel, when possible, and works closely with the leaders of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism. She has served on the Board of the Union for Reform Judaism and is a member of the North American Council of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.