Mike Uram

Rabbi Mike Uram is an associate faculty member of Pardes North America. Before joining Pardes North America, he served as the Executive Director and Campus Rabbi at Penn Hillel for over 16 years. He is the author of the best-selling book entitled, Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations, which won a National Jewish Book Award in 2016. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant on the changing nature of the American Jewish community, Jewish innovation, cutting-edge engagement and how legacy organizations can reinvent themselves in the age of millennials. Check out these recent articles about how his book is changing the way Jewish organizations work: Putting Mike Uram’s Next Generation Judaism To The Test, From San Francisco to Synagogue: Can Startup Culture Invigorate Jewish Organizations?

Mike has worked with dozens of Jewish organizations including Jewish Federations of North America, The Wexner Foundation, United Synagogue, The Rabbinical Assembly, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Hillel International and many local federations, synagogues and JCCs. For three years, Mike served as lead faculty and Jewish coach for the Schusterman Fellowship, a prestigious leadership development program for the most promising talent in the Jewish professional sector. Mike is part of a small working group that is developing a new educational framework for Birthright Israel.

He has spent time in all of the different denominations and is most passionate about breaking down the personal, spiritual and intellectual boundaries that prevent people from having full self-actualized Jewish identities.

Mike holds a BA in History and Religious Studies from Washington University and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Leora and their three children.

Awards and Honors

  • Edgar M Bronfman award for outstanding leadership in the Hillel movement
  • 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity
  • Forward 50 List of most influential Jews in 2012
  • AIPAC Ally of the Year for his campus work during the Penn BDS Conference
  • Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence in 2007
  • Penn Hillel was included in the 2014-2015 Slingshot Guide of the most inspiring and innovative Jewish organizations in North America.

Board and Community Leadership

  • Judge for National Jewish Book Award (2018-present)
  • Jewish Future Pledge Advisory Board
  • JTS Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet
  • Hillel International Board of Directors
  • Rabbinical Assembly Executive Council
  • Rabbinical Assembly Strategic Planning Leadership Team
  • Birthright International Education Committee
  • Hillel U International Advisory Board
  • Ezra Fellowship Advisory Board

Publications and Media