Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis
Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis is married to Shlomo, and they have five children. She grew up in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem, the fourth of five children, to parents who made Aliyah from Morocco. The family attended the Ma'ase Nissim synagogue headed by Rav Mordechai Eliyahu zt"l.
Rabbanit Shira, along with her husband, was an emissary of the Jewish Agency and Bnei Akiva in Los Angeles. She has studied Torah in the Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, the Women's Beit Midrash of Efrat and Gush Etzion, Midreshet Lindenbaum's Women's Institute for Halakhic Leadership, and Beit Hillel's Beit Midrash for Communal Leadership.
During her five years of study and halakhic training at the Women's Institute for Halakhic Leadership, Rabbanit Shira studied and completed exams in various topics. These include: Shabbat, berachot u'veit kenesset, ‘aveilut, niddah, chuppah v'kiddushin and issur v'heter. In addition, she holds a BA in Psychology and Information Sciences from Bar-Ilan University.
Rabbanit Shira and her husband Shlomo have been active members of Shirat HaTamar since its founding, sharing their warmth and love of Torah with the community. Over time, Rabbanit Shira became the "unofficial Rabbanit" of the community—teaching classes, answering halakhic questions, and offering guidance. Eventually, the chief Rabbi of Efrat Shlomo Riskin suggested that Rabbanit Shira take on the position in an official capacity.
The community, which until then had functioned without a religious leader, held a series of open discussions before putting it to a vote—through which Rabbanit Shira was elected by an overwhelming majority. On 25 Iyar 5761, Yom Yerushalaim, the community held a ceremony marking Shira's appointment, with the participation of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, and Rabbi Shuki Reich, Shira's rabbi and mentor.
As the religious leader of the community, Shira teaches Torah, leads communal events, and gives halakhic guidance. She is involved not only in communal life throughout the year-- Shabbatot and chagim-- but is also involved in the personal lives of our members, during times of joy and pain. Her door is always open to answer questions of Jewish law, or to offer counsel and guidance.
Shirat HaTamar is supported by the Honey Foundation for Israel. This provides Rabbanit Shira with a generous stipend for the time and energy she dedicates to the community.
In addition to her work in Shirat HaTamar, Rabbanit Shira is a fellow at the Mandel Foundation Program for Leadership in Jewish Culture, she teaches in Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, and puts out a weekly Torah podcast with her chavruta (study partner) Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval.