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Research Fellow

Dr. Mijal Bitton is a Research Fellow 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.

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.

Sep 25, 2023

Exploring what it means for Jews to be American and investigating the nature of our civic obligations to others.

Mijal Bitton


Jul 5, 2023

In a dishonest world, where cynicism is tempting, our Sacks Scholars program was countercultural, reminding us to serve with joy, hope, courage, and wonder

Apr 24, 2023

Multiple efforts in Jewish sovereignty have self-destructed after 75 years. Can Israel defy history — again?

Mar 23, 2023

Mijal Bitton explains her notion of “Ne’emanut” and how there might be more to morality than being principled.

Jul 7, 2022

Session from Rabbinic Torah Seminar (RTS) 2022 in Jerusalem

Jun 24, 2022

Mijal Bitton, Michael Koplow, Dahlia Scheindlin

Robert P. Kogod Annual Lecture

May 13, 2022

Mijal Bitton, Yolanda Savage-Narva, Gil Preuss

Mijal Bitton and Yolanda Savage-Narva explore the complexities involved in building the kind of vibrant Jewish community of belonging that we aspire to live in.

Apr 6, 2022

The impetus to show ourselves as slaves – to relive and perform the exodus – symbolizes Passover’s memory covenant.

Jan 20, 2022

Mijal Bitton, Isaiah Rothstein

A small but vocal group has asserted that the “more security” approach threatens the well-being and belonging of Jewish people of color.

Oct 21, 2021

I was in the hospital having delivered my first-born, and the rabbi called with his congratulations. That was just the beginning of his thoughtful kindness

Jul 15, 2021

Mijal Bitton and Elana Stein Hain discuss the recent Pew Research Center study on Jewish Americans in 2020

Jul 14, 2021

What does it mean to be in a relationship with Israel that engages both the imagined and real Israel, the familiar and the foreign?

Jul 8, 2021

Mijal Bitton, David French

Mijal Bitton and attorney and author David French explore what it means to be a voice of conscience who calls out excesses in one’s own partisan home.

May 11, 2021

Mijal Bitton, Elka Abrahamson, Marc Baker, Eric Fingerhut, Meredith Jacobs

A first look at the Pew Research Center’s new survey of Jewish Americans released on May 11, 2021

Feb 4, 2021

Second of a 4-part series from The New Jewish Canon on the Texts & Topics Shaping Modern Jewish Life.

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