Miriam Fisher Scholarship Fund

Scholarships available for Canadian Rabbinic, Cantorial, Rabbinic Pastor or Hashpa'ah student in the ALEPH Ordination Program.

Through the generous contribution of Dr. Stan Fisher, in loving memory of his wife Miriam, limited scholarships are available to Canadian students accepted into any of the four Aleph Ordination Program (AOP). The Miriam Fisher Scholarship Fund is open to all AOP students who have residency in Canada.

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The primary purpose of the Miriam Fisher Scholarship is to facilitate the teaching of Rabbi Daniel Siegel and Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, as well as to support the studies of Canadian students living in Canada who are registered and in good standing in the ALEPH Ordination Program. For applications, please e-mail ALEPH Canada Executive Director Sherril Gilbertdirector@alephcanada.ca


Rabbi Susan Shamash, a recipient of the Miriam Fisher Scholarship Fund

Rabbi Susan Shamash, a recipient of the Miriam Fisher Scholarship Fund

You may apply for this scholarship if you are a Canadian AOP student (or an AOP student having Canadian residency) in good standing. You may apply for this scholarship to help defray the cost, including the burden of the US/CDN dollar exchange rate, for any of the following:

1. You are a rabbinical student in the AOP and are registered for the senior year credit course Issues in Integral Halachah with Rabbi Daniel Siegel or another teacher in Canada.

2. You will attend Smicha Week, OHALAH or Kallah or another AOP-required in-person or residency event or program where Rabbi Daniel Siegel will be teaching.

3. You wish to take a tutorial course for AOP credit with Rabbi Daniel Siegel and/or Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel.

4. You wish to register for any distance learning course for AOP credit.


Annual deadline for receipt of applications is the day before Passover. Applicants will be notified of the Miriam Fisher Scholarship Fund committee decision no later than Lag Ba'omer each year.


Miriam Fisher’s accomplishments as a supporter and builder of the Jewish community in Victoria, British Columbia are many. From running the office and working behind the scenes to serving as president of both the Jewish Community Centre and Congregation Emanu-El, she streamlined operations, ensured financial stability and, in the words of the prayer, “devoted herself to the needs of the community and to the rebuilding of Eretz Yisra’el.”

More important than her accomplishments, however, and the reason why this scholarship was created and named for her, was her character. She would look over the High Holiday seating chart and adjust it knowing that a family member who had been assigned a balcony seat would not be able to negotiate the stairs. When working at the JCC, she knew when it was appropriate to hire a young man in need of earning airplane fare to join his sweetheart and thus cement a relationship that now includes two children. Even when on sabbatical in Israel, she found the time and developed the contacts to help another young man find meaningful work and a place to live.

Miriam Fisher was a person who recognized both need and talent, and knew that everyone deserved to be treated with respect and love, and helped whenever possible. She was passionate about her Judaism and loved to learn and to honour those who teach. Miriam died tragically on Erev Yom Kippur 5771 and it is to her memory that Dr. Stan Fisher dedicates this scholarship so that others may be helped to carry on her legacy of selfless service and devotion to study.