Rabbi Sara Brandes, Executive Director
Rabbi Sara Brandes was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and brings experience from the pulpit and non-profit worlds to Or HaLev. Past California Director at Moving Traditions and former Associate Rabbi at the Malibu Jewish Center, Sara is a lifetime spiritual seeker and a certified yoga instructor. Based in Israel, she continues to serve as Rabbi-in-Residence to the Camp Alonim community in Los Angeles. She is author of Magical World: Stories, Reflections, Poems and is partner to Hyim, and mother to Michal and Gavi.
Dr. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana, Faculty
Genevieve Greinetz, Rabbinic Intern
Rabbi Batsheva Meiri, Faculty
Since 2008, Rabbi Meiri has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth HaTephila in Asheville, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in New York in 1996. In 2009, she was honored with the title of Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute after 4 years of intensive summer and winter study retreats in Jerusalem. Since then, Rabbi Meiri has turned her rabbinic focus both personally and professionally to Jewish spirituality and meditation. She completed several learning cohorts with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, including and subsequently assistant teaching in its Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program. Rabbi Meiri spent more than a decade in the movement practice of Tae Kwon Do, earning her third degree black belt in 2016.
Rabbi Jeff Roth, Awakened Heart Project
Rabbi Jeff Roth, D. Div. is the founder & Director of the Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He has led countless meditation retreats over the last 17 years. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director & Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life. He lives with his family in the Hudson River Valley.