Dr. Ferraro, a Philadelphia native, is a graduate of Gratz Hebrew High School. After earning a Bachelor of Music in music therapy from Temple University, Dr. Ferraro returned to Gratz College to earn both a Master of Arts and a doctorate in Jewish Education. In fact, Dr. Ferraro was the first person to earn an EdD in Jewish Education at Gratz College. Her doctoral work explored special needs Jewish education in Philadelphia.
Dr. Ferraro has served as Director of Education at Old York Road Temple – Beth Am for twenty years. During that time, Mimi was involved in NESS- Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools, a change initiative for synagogue educational programs and whole synagogue communities. While in that position, she has also worked at Ramah Day Camp as the Tikvah Inclusion specialist and head of services and served on a variety of committees at Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education and Jewish Learning Venture. Mimi has led many workshops for synagogues participating in NESS and for teachers throughout the country. She was an adjunct Professor currently teaching in the MEd program at Gratz College.
In 2017, Dr. Ferraro was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She serves as Rabbi at Tiferes B’nai Israel in Warrington where she has been for 5 years and as a hospice chaplain for Abramson Senior Care.
When not working her many jobs, Mimi enjoys her family with her husband, Stephe, and their children, Jocelyn and Zack and grandson Owen, Ally and Zack, Ben and Erica.
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