Dr. Mijal Bitton is a Fellow in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Rosh Kehilla (communal leader) and co-founder of the Downtown Minyan in New York City.
Through her fellowship and teaching at Hartman, Mijal explores new paradigms of Jewish identity for diverse Jewish populations and expanding normative conceptions such as “Jewishness,” “religion,” and “tradition.”
Mijal received a BA from Yeshiva University and earned her doctorate from New York University, where she conducted an ethnographic study of a Syrian Jewish community with a focus on developing the field of contemporary Sephardic studies in America. She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.
In 2018 Mijal was selected for inclusion in ’36 under 36′ in New York Jewish Week. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Sion and their two children.