Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger
Rabbi Ariel is the author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom, which was an Indie Next List Pick, A Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, and which won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in Biography. He is also an artist and teacher whose work integrates education, spirituality, the arts, and strategies for social change. Ariel received Orthodox semicha from Yeshivat Bat Ayin, and his PhD in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution under Elie Wiesel. A lifelong student of Professor Wiesel, Ariel served as his Teaching Fellow from 2003-2008, after which he directed education initiatives at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. A Covenant Foundation grantee, Ariel develops cutting-edge arts, storytelling, and educational programming for adults, facilitates workshops for educators, consults to nonprofits, and serves as scholar/artist-in-residence for institutions around the U.S. When Ariel's not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family. Visit him at www.arielburger.com.
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 Neshama is a Paris -born scholar and teacher of Torah and Jewish Meditation. She received her Doctorate in Sociology of Religion from the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and learned Torah at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Studies in New York, at Matan and at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she earned a certificate of Experiential Jewish Education. A certified Jewish Mindfulness Teacher , she currently lives in Jerusalem where she learns as a rabbinic fellow at Beit Midrash Har’El, teaches Torah and Jewish meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Or HaLev, Applied Jewish Spirituality (AJS), and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), and chairs the Academic Council of Roots, an NGO promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A Jewish Educator for Moishe House Europe and a contributor to French Jewish medias Akadem, Tenou’a, JewPop and L’Arche , she travels internationally to lecture on Jewish Spirituality.
Rabbi Ami Silver
Rabbi Ami is a teacher, therapist and writer living in Jerusalem. Ami is devoted to the experiential dimension of the Jewish spiritual tradition. His teaching focuses on the interface between Jewish text, practice and personal transformation, and he leads groups in text study and contemplative, experiential Jewish practice. Ami received ordination from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov and is a Clinical Social Worker (MSW) with a background in mindfulness and body-centered, experiential therapy modalities. His teachings can be found on the “Awakening”podcast and on YouTube. He also offers one-on-one therapy and support in Jerusalem and online.
Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein
AJS is primarily driven by Rabbi Daniel, faculty member at Romemu Yeshiva and the Conservative Yeshiva. 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 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.
Nadav is a passionate seeker and educator. Founder of Lech Lecha, Transformative Outdoor Adventures, and teacher of Torah at Yeshivat Orayta in Jerusalem, Nadav strives to live and teach a Torah of symbiotic wholeness, synthesizing the many facets of our generation's complex identities. On his journey toward purposeful living, Hashem guided Nadav through thick forests, abundant farms, diverse modes of spiritual practice, and ultimately back into the richness of Jewish text and tradition. He studied for his BA in Philosophy from McGill University and subsequently received his degree in education from Herzog College in Israel. Over the last seven years Nadav has learned in a variety of Yeshivot including Yeshivat Ma'aleh Gilboa, Hadar, Har Etzyon, and Bat Ayin, and is currently studying for Rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat HaKotel. Nadav finds deep meaning in facilitating genuine encounters with self and others, creation and Hashem, and looks forward to continuing his work with AJS.
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.
Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Rabbi Lauren is a sought after speaker, spiritual leader and educator. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018, she has taught at numerous synagogues and other Jewish venues throughout North America. She was named to the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 for her innovative leadership concerning inclusion of Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. In 2017, she delivered an ELI Talk entitled We All Were At Sinai: The Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah. She has trained and continues to teach with Rabbi David Jaffe and the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project, which provides a space for Jewish spiritual and contemplative practice for individuals involved in social change work. She is a participant in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program. In 2020, she was honored by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA). Her WhatsApp group, in which she offers short, powerful teachings on the weekly Torah portion, can be joined here.
Rabbi Mordechai Zeller
Rabbi Mordechai is an educator and clinical and educational psychologist, who has served in the past as Rabbi at Cambridge University and at Maaleh Gilboa Yeshiva. For the last twenty years, Mordechai has been teaching Jewish thought with a focus on Hassidic philosophy, Jewish Mysticism and Hebrew Mythology, combining his love of Torah with his therapeutic understanding. He has taught at the LSJS in London, Mechinat Ha'Emek and Beit Midrash Petichta In Israel, has served as scholar in residence at Zenith Sufi camp in the Swiss Alps and the Abode in the USA . He currently practices as a Psychologist, treating a wide array of patients and couples as well as offering systemic therapeutic support to families, teachers and schools. He lives in Kibbutz Maaleh Gilboa with his wife, Dr. Lea Taragin Zeller and their three children.