Rabbanit Renana Birnbaum is the director of Machon Miriam, Shavei Israel’s Spanish-, Portuguese- and Italian-language Institute for Conversion and Return. She also serves as Director of the Amiel Institute’s Training Program for Rabbis’ Wives in the Diaspora. Birnbaum has taught in primary schools both in Israel and abroad, supervised kindergartens, taught at teacher-training seminars, and lectured widely to adults. She has a Bachelor’s degree in literature and a Master’s degree in Jewish Philosophy.