Rabbi Tamara Kolton is known for her inspirational, warm style and capacity to comfort and help people grow and heal. For over two decades she has touched people’s lives and walked with them on their best and worst days.
Tamara grew up in The Birmingham Temple, a Jewish congregation “without God” and was mentored by the radical and renowned Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine. In 1999, 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. Ultimately, she succeeded Rabbi Wine as the senior rabbi of The Birmingham Temple.
In 2012, 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. Today she officiates weddings locally and nationally; works with grieving families by conducting funerals and leading bereavement groups; and teaches spirituality to hundreds of people each year through the lens of love and feminine power. Her purpose is “to help the Feminine Divine reemerge in order to bring transformative healing to people, especially women, and to Mother Earth because we are living in a world dying to be reborn.”
Rabbi Kolton completed her undergraduate degree at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a fluent Hebrew speaker. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, as well as a Ph.D., for which she wrote her dissertation on The Experience of Being a Woman Rabbi. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a global leadership initiative that connects the world’s most preeminent women of significant achievement.
Tamara lives in Birmingham, Michigan with her husband Isaac, her two children Lior and Maya, and their Havanese dog, Finley. Oranges for Eve: My Brave, Beautiful Badass Journey to the Feminine Divine is her first book.