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Rabbi Miriam Margles is an educator, artist and activist. Her liturgical compositions are sung in communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Israel. She facilitates workshops integrating creative exploration in movement, voice and creative writing with Jewish text learning and community building across lines of difference. She has led workshops with hospital patients, Israeli agunot (women denied a religious divorce by their husbands) and adults and young people of all ages. She is the co-founder of Encounter, an educational organization that fosters understanding through face-to-face encounters between North American Jewish leaders from across the religious and political spectrum and Palestinians in the West Bank. She served as the Associate Rabbi at Kehilat Lev Shalem in Woodstock, N.Y. and is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Jerusalem Fellows Program of the Mandel Leadership Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She currently lives and works in Toronto.