Rabbi Amy L. Morrison
Rabbi Morrison’s depth of experience extends well beyond her years. Growing up in East Lansing, Michigan, she began her Jewish education with her participation in youth choirs, junior congregation, and by serving as an active member in both her local and regional youth groups. In 2000, Morrison received her B.A. from the University of Michigan with an honors degree in Sociology and Spanish. Immediately following, Morrison moved to Miami, Florida, to work as Program Director at Temple Judea, where she served for three years. She returned to school in 2006 and received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as well as her Clinical Pastoral Education accreditation from the Emory Center for Pastoral Services. During Rabbinical school, Rabbi Morrison served at Beth Shir Shalom, Santa Monica, CA, Congregation Aitz Chaim, Great Falls, MT, Bet Harim, Kalispell, MT, and the San Francisco Home for the Aged in CA. Rabbi Morrison was a recipient of the Abarbanel Scholarship for her tireless work with the San Francisco elderly Jewish community. In 2008, Rabbi Morrison received Rabbinic Ordination and was honored by the US Air force for her work with the staff and airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base.
As an involved camp participant and leader, Rabbi Morrison is extremely passionate about the importance of Jewish summer camping and the role it plays in creating strong Jewish identities for youth. She spent seven summers at Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia, four summers at KUTZ Leadership Academy and, this past summer, served as Rabbi at Camp Mt. Chai in California. Along with her most recent title of Rabbi, Morrison has additionally served in the capacity of Director of Jewish Programming, multi-unit Jewish Educator, Camp Assistant Director as well as creating and facilitating the inaugural year of the Mumchim Specialist Training program at Camp Coleman. A highlight of her camping experience has been leading and teaching creative and innovative camp-style worship for over 15 terrific summers. She looks forward to cultivating the ruach and energy created at summer camp, and bringing it back to Miami Beach.
As an accomplished musician, Rabbi Morrison is a recording artist and an award winning songwriter featuring Jewish modern and folk music with guitar accompaniment. In June 2008, she began serving as the Reform Rabbi at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC. Her position included living on campus as a house parent for 18 high school freshman girls, teaching Judaic studies courses ranging from liturgy to synagogue skills, as well as performing the Rabbinic religious duties for the daily and weekly worship services. Rabbi Morrison was an active member at Congregation Temple Emanuel in Greensboro as well as The Hillel Jewish Student Organization on the campus of University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has served on many local panels including those highlighting Judaism and sexual orientation and the unique role of women as religious leaders.
Rabbi Morrison additionally finds considerable value in participating in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, for and with people of all faiths. She emphasizes the importance of giving not only a person’s time but his or her complete heart as well. Her mission trips with teens have included building houses in post-Katrina New Orleans, forest revitalization in Northern Georgia, post 9/11 counseling in Upstate New York, and Human Rights advocacy and training in rural North Carolina. She is excited to continue reaching out to the teens and young families of Temple Beth Sholom.