Rabbi David Ingber, Dean

Rabbi David Ingber was named by Newsweek as one of 2013’s top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States as well as by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America. He promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. A major 21st Century Jewish thinker and educator, his rich perspective, open heart and mind, and full-bodied approach to Jewish learning has brought him to speak throughout the United States and worldwide throughout Canada, Europe and Israel.

Rabbi Ingber has taught at such eminent institutions as the Academy for Jewish Religion, Columbia University, CUNY, Jewish Theological Seminary, Limmud LA, New York University, the 92nd Street Y, Pardes, The Skirball Center at Temple Emmanuel, and Yeshivat HADAR. He sits on the Board of Directors of Aleph and Synagogue 3000 Next Dor’s Working Group of Sacred Emergent Communities where he continues to teach.

Raised Modern Orthodox in New York, Rabbi David studied at several distinguished yeshivot in Jerusalem and New York including Yeshiva University, Beit Midrash L’Torah, Yeshivat Chaim Berlin, and Yeshivat Chovovei Torah Rabbinical School. He also studied philosophy, psychology and religion at New York University. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of Renewal Judaism, ordained Rabbi David in 2004. Prior to founding Romemu, Rabbi David was Rabbi-in-Residence at Elat Chayyim Retreat Center.

Rabbi David A. Ingber is the Founder and Senior Rabbi at Romemu, NYC, a community he founded in 2008 that today has over 600 households. Rabbi Ingber is a disciple of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, famed founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and was ordained by Reb Zalman in 2004. Rabbi Ingber serves on the faculty for the Wexner Heritage Program, The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Israel, The 92nd Street Y’s program for Rabbinic Entrepreneurship, and other institutions. He was an AJWS Global Justice Fellow, and a Rabbinic Fellow in the Sharlom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. Rabbi Ingber has lectured extensively on the topics of spirituality, theology, Jewish mysticism, prayer, and meditation. He lives in Manhattan with his amazing wife Ariel and their three children, Baer, Tal, and Or.

Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels, Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels is the founding Rosh Yeshiva of Romemu Yeshiva and the founder and spiritual director of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation. He has been studying and teaching meditation and Jewish spirituality for over twenty years. He received his PhD in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago and rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes, the Rosh Yeshivah of Pardes. He has taught Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University, Yeshivat Hadar and in a variety of settings around the world. He strives to integrate his study and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.

Rabbi Miriam Margles, Summer Faculty

Rabbi Miriam Margles is a teacher, artist and activist, serving Toronto’s Danforth Jewish Circle and teaching throughout North America. She facilitates workshops that integrate the study of Jewish sources with creative exploration in movement, voice and writing, particularly exploring conflict, systemic oppression, spiritual and contemplative practice, and healing. She creates an atmosphere of playful, attentive and open-hearted exploration for non-artists and artists alike to explore inner landscapes, connection with others, and relationship with the wider world. Miriam has been on faculty at meditation retreats for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality for over a decade.

Her original compositions of music for Jewish prayer are sung by communities throughout North American, Israel and Europe. She has just released her first album of Jewish prayersong, Zeh HaYom – this is the day. She is also the co-founder of Encounter, dedicated to strengthening the Jewish people to be constructive agents of change in transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Miriam is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Jerusalem Fellows at the Mandel Leadership Institute. She earned a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in creative writing from York University in Toronto.

Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein, Summer Faculty

Daniel Raphael Silverstein is a rabbi, educator, meditation teacher and MC/poet who has facilitated, performed and taught across Europe, the US and Israel. Daniel was selected by the Jewish Week as one of the 36 young leaders “remaking the Jewish community” and has contributed to the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Chronicle and the Huffington Post among others. He recently moved from Palo Alto, where he was Director of Jewish Life and Learning for Hillel at Stanford University, to Israel, where he is enjoying teaching and writing for institutions such as Pardes, the OU, Or HaLev and Wisdom Tribe.

As an artist-educator, Daniel has performed and facilitated for myriad Jewish institutions across the entire spectrum of the community. He has also brought this work to many Christian, Muslim, inter-faith and no-faith venues, including dozens of music festivals. His songs and videos have attracted tens of thousands of hits on YouTube.

Daniel regularly teaches meditation classes and retreats. He has completed the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Course, a 16-month journey through many kinds of meditative and pedagogical practices, which is a collaboration between the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project.

Daniel studied Literature and Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge (BA), and International Relations at Warwick (MA). He has studied for three years in Israel, at Yeshivot Ein Tzurim, Shvilei HaTorah and Maale Gilboa, and received his ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

Rabba Dorothy Richman, Summer Faculty

Dorothy Richman serves as rabba of Makor Or: Jewish Center for Meditation and teaches Torah widely throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Her rabbinate has been deeply influenced by years of service with AJWS and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. She is a soulful leader of traditional and creative ritual, and recently released Something of Mine, an album of original music inspired by Jewish text.  Dorothy has performed several original shows including Confessions of a Tefillin Supermodel and Aretha Franklin Taught Me to Pray.

Sarah Chandler, Program Director

Sarah Chandler is a Brooklyn-based Jewish educator, ritualist, artist, activist, and poet. During the year, she is a garden educator with Grow Torah, and the Director of Curriculum Design & Cultivation with Fig Tree, a startup Hebrew School in Brooklyn. A trainer with BeKavod, she supports Jewish non-profits in harassment prevention, through designing and maintaining respectful workplaces. She teaches, writes, and consults on issues related to Jewish earth-based spiritual practice, farming, and mindfulness. Ordained as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) in 2015, she is studying as a shamanic healer apprentice at The Wisdom School of S.O.P.H.I.A and Kabbalistic imaginal dream work at The School of Images.