FACULTY

Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan

Rabbi Ruth is a dynamic and innovative teacher of Torah, who teaches Kabbalah and Chasidut in Israel and internationally. She is the founder and spiritual leader of Nava Tehila, a Jewish Renewal community in Jerusalem and is deeply interested in the field of prayer, whether private of communal. Ruth has co-authored, with Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the Hebrew book Jewish Renewal - Integrating Heart and World (2006), and is especialy grateful for the technology that allows her to teach students from all over the world from her Jerusalem home.

Dr. Mira Neshama Niculescu

Dr. Mira is a Paris-born scholar and teacher of Jewish spirituality and meditation. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion at the ‘Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales’ (EHESS) in Paris, researching contemporary Jewish spirituality. She learned Torah as an Art Fellow at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Studies and as a Yesod Fellow at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she received a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education. A licensed Jewish Mindfulness Teacher with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), she currently lives in Jerusalem where she teaches Jewish meditation at Pardes and with Or HaLev, and learns as a Fellow at Yeshivat Har’El. The founder of Neshama and co-founder of B.E.S.T, two Paris-based Jewish spirituality organisations, and a regular contributor to French Jewish media, she travels regularly Europe and in the United States to lecture and offer workshops on Jewish spirituality and meditation. 

Rabbi Ami Silver

Rabbi Ami is a teacher, therapist and writer living in Jerusalem. He has spent years devoted to the inner world of Torah in study and practice. Ami received ordination from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov, and is a Clinical Social Worker (MSW) with a background in various experiential and body-centered therapy modalities. Ami’s teaching brings a deep familiarity with traditional Jewish texts and practices together with an understanding of the world of human emotion, the body and mind, and the practice of personal growth and transformation. Ami served as a community Rabbi at Cornell University and in Boulder, Colorado; and has taught at Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov and Shaarei Shalom in Jerusalem. Ami creates Torah content for Aleph Beta, and his teachings on Chasidut are featured on the “Awakening”podcast from the Shefa Podcast Network.

Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein

AJS is primarily driven by Rabbi Daniel, faculty member at Or HaLev. Daniel is a spiritual seeker and student of life whose twenty years of studying and teaching have brought him to Buddhist retreat centers, Chi Kung courses and six years of study in Orthodox yeshivot (rabbinical seminaries). He received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York. His recent teaching clients include the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Nishmat, IDC Herzliya, Romemu Yeshiva, the Conservative Yeshiva and the Orthodox Union. Daniel regularly teaches meditation classes and retreats and his guided meditations have garnered thousands of plays on the popular Insight Timer app. He has completed the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Course, which is a collaboration between the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project.

Yiscah Smith

Yiscah is a spiritual activist, educator, mentor, and meditation guide, who addresses the spiritual practice of encountering the Divine spark within --- the foundation of authentic living. She relies on Jewish spiritual teachings to inform and uplift her students and audiences, acting as a compass, gently guiding them to their unique inner selves. As a spiritual trailblazer, Yiscah exemplifies what it means to carve one’s own path, as she has grappled with the entanglements at the intersection of her spirituality, Jewish tradition and passionate desire to live a life of authenticity. Encouraging, ennobling and empowering others to carve their own paths and to cultivate the integrity to remain faithful to their unique paths is indeed her passion and inner calling. Yiscah teaches Jewish contemplative practice and spiritual texts at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and in her home in Jerusalem, as well as having earned a reputation as a sought-after inspiring international public speaker.

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