Marla applies her legal and advocacy skills, as well as her rabbinic training, to representing clergy on employment contract matters. Prior to joining Peer, Gan & Gisler, LLP Marla served as the Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, an association of hundreds of Reform Jewish women’s organizations serving about 40,000 members. In that capacity, Marla advocated for women’s employment and other rights, with a focus on gender pay equity. Prior to that, she led the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, the public policy arm of the Reform Jewish Movement. Her social justice work included leading interfaith missions to Africa, where she worked with refugees and helped rebuild communities across the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and other depressed communities across the U.S.
Marla received a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She also received a Certificate in Fundraising from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Before joining the Bar, Marla was a congregational rabbi in Sarasota and Orlando, FL.
After receiving her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law, Marla worked in Jewish community relations, focusing on public policy matters and inter-group relations in Detroit and Delaware. .
Marla also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Detroit-Mercy and the Widener University College of Law in Wilmington, DE, and she writes extensively on issues concerning women clergy and other religious and social justice matters. She published a book in 2023 and her articles and op-eds have appeared in Jewish publications and newspapers nationwide.
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1993
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion: MAHL, 1983 / Rabbinic Ordination,1985 / Doctor of Divinity 2010
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Jewish Studies, 1979
State Bar Admissions
- Florida (1993)
- Executive Director, Women of Reform Judaism, 2012-2023
- Director of Development, Union for Reform Judaism, 2009-2011
- Director, Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, 2002-2009
- Assistant Director, Jewish Community Council of Metro Detroit, 1996-2002
- Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Delaware, 1993-1996
- Associate Rabbi, Congregation of Reform Judaism, Orlando, FL 1987-1990
- Assistant Rabbi/Educator, Temple Emanu-El, Sarasota, FL, 1985-1987
- Adjunct Faculty
University of Detroit-Mercy (1999-2001)
Widener University College of Law (1992-1993)
- Author, Biblical Women Speak: Hearing Their Voices through New and Ancient Midrash (JPS, 2023)
- Contributor, The Social Justice Torah Commentary (CCAR)
- Contributor, Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority (CCAR)
- Contributor, The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate (CCAR)
- Guest Editor, CCAR Journal Symposium on Gender in Jewish Life (Spring/Summer 2021)
- Co-guest editor, Symposium on Pay Equity (CCAR, Fall 2018).
- Author, Speak Truth to Power: A Guide for Congregations Taking Public Policy Positions
- Author, K’hilat Tzedek: Creating Communities of Justice“
- Author, From Tzedek to Tzedakah: Social and Economic Issues of Concern for Women and Children.