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.
Rabbi Jeff Roth, D. Div. is the founder & Director of the Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He has led over 110 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.
Danny graduated from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he began to connect with peers confused about their true direction and disconnected from the inner compass of their emotional and spiritual lives. Danny pursued study of Torah and wisdom in a variety of yeshivot and institutions in Israel, the U.S., India, Nepal, and Mexico, as well as through the modern worlds of psychology/psychotherapy and transformative change work, and grounded in daily practice of meditation, prayer, and regular intensive retreat. His web site is http://www.thelivingheart.life
Rabbi Ruth Sohn is an experienced teacher of Jewish meditation and spirituality, including Hasidic texts and thought. She directs a mentoring program for rabbinical students and serves as Rabbi of the Beit Midrash at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. A trained Jewish spiritual director, Ruth co-directs the Yedidya Center and Morei Derekh Training Program in Jewish Spiritual Direction and offers individual and group spiritual companioning. Her articles, Biblical commentary, midrash, and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and periodicals.