Meet Rabbi Mimi Ferraro

 
 

Rabbi Mimi Polin Ferraro, EdD


Leading a Small Congregation with a big heart                       

I am so excited to be serving as the Rabbi at Congregation TBI. Here I have found what many synagogues have strived for, a welcoming community where each member is a major stockholder in its success. 

I have been involved in synagogue life my entire life through youth groups, religious schools, Director of Education, teacher and as a congregant.  In all of my years, I have not seen the dedication to a synagogue that can compare to what I have witnessed here at TBI for the past three years. The leadership and families are warm and welcoming and they are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to make TBI both successful and vibrant.

I am a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Cheltenham High School. After earning a Bachelor of Music in music therapy from Temple University, I returned to Gratz College to earn both a Master of Arts and a doctorate in Jewish Education/Special education. In fact, I was the first person to earn an EdD at Gratz College. My doctoral work explored special needs Jewish education in Philadelphia. This year I fulfilled my highest goal as a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College.

I have worked in the Philadelphia Jewish community for over 35 years. During that time, I was involved in creating a fully inclusive educational program where children with all abilities were able to enjoy all that the Jewish community had to offer. I also work at Ramah Day Camp as the Inclusion specialist.

I have taught as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Temple University and is currently teaching in the MAEd program at Gratz College. I have spent the majority of my career developing and implementing inclusion programs with people with disabilities of all ages.  These programs were independent programs or in partnership with other organizations.  I believe in breaking down barriers and helping all people to be successful and to lead productive, happy lives. 

My husband Stephe and our children Jocelyn and Zack, Ally and Zack, Ben and Erica are so happy to be part of the TBI family! We all look forward to a new year of blessings!


Rabbi Mimi

On behalf of the TBI Board of Directors I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mimi Ferraro will be joining Congregation Tiferes B’Nai Israel as its spiritual leader.  The goal of our rabbinic search committee was to find an energetic and dedicated candidate who would commit to TBI and be involved with all levels of membership to which they have accomplished their task.


Dr. Ferraro has been involved in the Judaic education arena for over 20 years in the Bucks and Montgomery area and currently studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College preparing for a 2016 ordination.    Her commitment to exposing Jewish knowledge and values coupled with a high level of energy will bring a new and refreshing dimension to TBI.  She will devote her time at TBI to both leading Shabbat and Holiday services.

 

With Best Wishes to Mimi and all TBI members,



Steve Pagano

President