Rabbi Tamara Kolton was recently chosen as a recipient of the Next-Gen 2019 Speaker Competition by Celebrate Your Life, one of the largest spiritual speaker platforms in the world.
Tamara was the first person to be ordained a Humanistic Rabbi, an achievement recognized by The New York Times. She is included in the historical timeline of women rabbis.
Tamara is a prominent rabbi in Michigan who is known for her inspirational style and capacity to help people heal. For 20 years, she has touched people’s lives on their best and worst days. Closest to her heart, is her work with families as she tenderly and skillfully conducts funerals, leads bereavement groups, and teaches feminine spirituality. She integrates scholarly research, feminist thought and the power to inspire hearts. She has presented to groups as small as 2 and as large as 2000.
Rabbi Kolton completed her undergraduate degree in Jerusalem from Hebrew University and she is a fluent Hebrew speaker. Her master’s degree is in clinical psychology. She is a Ph.D. and wrote her dissertation on The Experience of Being A Woman Rabbi.
Tamara grew up in a Jewish congregation “without God” and was mentored by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, a radical and renowned rabbi. Ultimately, she became his successor as the senior rabbi of The Birmingham Temple.
Six years ago, she felt an intense spiritual yearning to discover God. This meant that she had to resign her pulpit and set out on a new path as an independent rabbi. She now teaches spirituality to hundreds of people each year and has a thriving psychology practice.
Rabbi Kolton is a member of the Michigan Board of Rabbis and the International Women’s Forum, a global leadership initiative that connects the world’s most preeminent women of significant achievement.
She is currently writing her first book
Oranges for Eve: My Brave, Beautiful, Badass Journey to the Feminine Divine
Tamara lives in Birmingham, Michigan with her Israeli-born husband, Isaac. They have two children, Lior and Maya and a Havanese dog named Finley.