Not so long ago, I was a statistic that worried institutional Jews: a Spiritual None, turned off by mainstream American Jewish practice as I had received it. Yet I always felt a spiritual longing for connection. I worked at Apple Computer, earned an MBA at Indiana University, and moved to the West Coast to work in the wine industry. Through an unexpected turn of events (ask me about that sometime!), I found Jewish Renewal, a daring approach to Judaism as a spiritual practice, and realized not only that this Jewish thing was for me, but also that I needed to become a rabbi.
I studied for rabbinic ordination with Aleph, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, where I also earned ordination as a Mashpi’a Ruchani/Spiritual Director, a practice of spiritual companionship to help people investigate their relationship with Divinity/Source/the Eternal. Nava Tehila in Jerusalem and Romemu in Manhattan were two of my most formative training grounds, spiritually and musically, along the way. There I learned that nourishing the heart is just as important as feeding the intellect, if not more so. My teaching style reflects that. I’m interested Jewish learning as a means to make us better people (inside and out) as well as better citizen/stewards of our planet. And I like to have fun along the way!
Not so long ago, I was a statistic that worried institutional Jews: a Spiritual None, turned off by mainstream American Jewish practice as I had received it. Yet I always felt a spiritual longing for
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