Marina del Rey resident Miriam Hamrell, the founding rabbi of Ahavat Torah Congregation in West Los Angeles, has been recognized for her service by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy.
Hamrell is described by the congregation as the first and only Israeli-born and-raised woman to head an American Jewish congregation for the past 10 years.
She has served in the Israeli Defense forces and also counsels and teaches female inmates with her work at prisons. According to the congregation, she is a leading personality, spokesperson and ethicist for the local Jewish community.
During a gala May 4 in Los Angeles, Yaroslavsky presented Hamrell with a proclamation honoring her for “ten years of service as a motivational leader, teacher and founder of Ahavat Torah synagogue.”