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Dr. Mijal Bitton is the Rosh Kehilla (communal leader) and co-founder of the Downtown Minyan.


An applied scholar, academic and educator, Mijal works to lead the Downtown Minyan as a community guided by Jewish covenantal aspirations and seeped in rich and accessible Jewish learning. Seamlessly integrating her Sepharadi, Latin-American and Modern Orthodox backgrounds, Mijal teaches Torah exploring what it means to embody complex Jewish values in the 21st century: grappling with difficult questions and seeing the world and Jewish tradition as a precious and eternal symbiotic relationship.


Mijal serves as a Research Fellow and faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and is writing her doctoral dissertation at NYU on the New York Syrian Jewish community. She is the recipient of the Wexner fellowship among other recognitions.  


Mijal lives in Tribeca with her husband, Rabbi Sion Setton, and their son, Ness.


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