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Rabbi Michelle Dardashti

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Rabbi Michelle Dardashti until we are able to commission a full entry.

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti currently serves as the Rabbi of Brown RISD Hillel and Associate University Chaplain for the Jewish Community at Brown. She comes from a complex, global Jewish background: her father is a traditional Iranian hazzan (cantor), while her mother is a secular American Jew, and her husband is an Australian Jew. She grew up in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and New York, and has also lived in Jerusalem and Uruguay. Rabbi Dardashti was ordained and received a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). After ordination, she served as Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Manhattan and Director of Community Engagement at Temple Beth El in Stamford. She has also worked as a hospital chaplain, and studied community organizing, giving her access to some of the often-overlooked aspects of Jewish community. Rabbi Dardashti lives in Providence with her husband, Nathan Sher, daughters Eden and Miya, and son Lavi.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rabbi Michelle Dardashti." (Viewed on February 4, 2023) <>.


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