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Classes & Workshops

This year's Kallah will feature two kinds of daytime offerings: classes which run for four days (four mornings, or four afternoons), and one-day workshops (a single morning or single afternoon.) The full line-up of week-long classes and one-day workshops is coming soon, along with bios for all teachers and presenters. For now, here is an advance glimpse of a few of the teachers who will be taking part in this year's Kallah.


Our Teachers Will Include:

Rabbi Shefa Gold received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l. She is the director of C-DEEP, The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice. She teaches chant and trains Chant Leaders in Kol Zimra. She is resource faculty for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a fellow for CLAL’s Rabbis without Borders. She was recently named “One of the 33 most Inspiring Rabbis in America,” by the Jewish Forward. She is author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land and In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs published by Ben Yehuda Press, and The Magic of Hebrew Chant published by Jewish Lights.
Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone is a Jungian psychotherapist, author, and Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Widely known for her groundbreaking work on Kabbalah, depth psychology, and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism, Rabbi Firestone lectures and teaches throughout the United States on spirituality, meditation, and the integration of ancient mystical wisdom into contemporary life. She was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi z’’l in 1992. Her publications include With Roots in Heaven, The Receiving, The Woman’s Kabbalah, and a forthcoming book: Trauma and the Jewish Soul.

Rabbi Dr. Andrew Hahn combines a variety of tools to introduce Jewish wisdom to an increasingly global religious village. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary and received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College. He also studied at the feet of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l. He weaves traditional Jewish liturgy and musical modes into the call-and-response chant technology from India known as Kirtan. He will be teaching about Judaism and non-dualism at this year’s Kallah.

Rabbi Dr. Jill Hammer is an author, educator, midrashist, and ritualist. She is the co-founder of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. She is also the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Rabbi Hammer is the author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women, The Jewish Book of Days, The Omer Calendar of Biblical Women, the forthcoming The Book of Earth and Other Mysteries, The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership, and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook. Rabbi Hammer was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Rodger Kamenetz is an award-winning poet, author, and teacher. Of his eleven books, best known is The Jew in the Lotus, the story of a group of rabbis – among them Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l – making a holy pilgrimage through India to meet with the Dalai Lama. His account of their historic dialogue became an international bestseller, prompting a reevaluation of Judaism in the light of Buddhist thought. His follow-up, Stalking Elijah received the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought. His book on Jewish teachings about dreams and dreamwork, The History of Last Night’s Dream, has been called “audacious,” “fascinating,” “beautifully written,” “poetic,” and “revolutionary.”  He lives in New Orleans where he devotes himself now to his work with clients who seek spiritual direction through dreams.

Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is a columnist for The Daily Beast and the Forward, an assistant professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, and the author of six books, including the bestselling God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality and The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path. Rabbi Michaelson has been a progressive Jewish educator and leader for fifteen years. A frequent commentator on emerging forms of Jewish identity, he founded Zeek, the first Jewish online magazine; Nehirim, a national LGBT Jewish community; and Eshel, an LGBT Orthodox organization. He has been included on the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews, and has been a scholar-in-residence at over 100 synagogues, Hillels, and other institutions. Jay holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, as well as a J.D. from Yale, B.A. from Columbia, and nondenominational rabbinic ordination.

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