Merle Feld

b. 1947

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

Merle Feld, 2010.
Courtesy of Merle Feld.

Both through her writing and in her work with Israeli-Palestinian dialogue groups, Merle Feld supported the difficult and delicate struggle to make peace in the Middle East. A playwright and poet whose work is widely anthologized, Feld became involved in various peace efforts during a sabbatical year in Israel, including facilitating an all-women Israeli-Palestinian dialogue group on the West Bank. By enabling ordinary women from both sides of the conflict to hear each other’s stories for the first time, the group broke down long-held prejudices and provided opportunities for grassroots dialogue. Feld extended such efforts to Jewish women emerging as community leaders in the Former Soviet Union and then began facilitating writing groups to help people find words for their experiences and communicate in a more authentic way. She has deepened this calling through founding the Albin Rabbinic Writing Institute in 2005. She and her husband also run Derekh, an online spiritual learning program for rabbis and cantors. Merle Feld was honored at JWA’s 2000 Women Who Dared event in Boston. Her works include the books A Spiritual Life: A Jewish Feminist Journey (1999), A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition (2007), Finding Words (2011), and Longing: Poems of a Life (2023), as well as the plays Across the Jordan (1997), The Gates are Closing (1983), and Returning (2020). 


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Merle Feld." (Viewed on April 24, 2024) <>.