Rabbinic Pastor David Daniel Klipper (ALEPH Board Chair) was ordained in 2007. He is a chaplain and certified ACPE Supervisor and assists in the training of mashpi’im (spiritual directors) through ALEPH’s Hashpa’ah program as a senior faculty member. He is also the Pastoral Education Coordinator for the Aleph Ordination Program. Prior to starting chaplaincy training in 2002, he was an investment banker for 24 years. He is married and has two sons.
Linda Jo Doctor (ALEPH Board Vice-Chair) brings over 30 years of experience in leadership roles working in non profit, academic and government sectors. She currently serves as a Program Officer for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and provides guidance for investments supporting sustainable and equitable food systems and public health efforts. She brings specific skills in organizational development, management, leadership development, and working cross multiple sectors and disciplines. She lives in Ann Arbor Michigan with her husband, Rabbi Elliot Ginsburg and famous cat Simon = who loves studying Zohar with his best bud. Linda is the proud step mother to three amazing young adults, and “safta” to two gorgeous grandchildren. She is a member of Pardes Hannah, a Jewish Renewal Community affiliated with ALEPH.
Rabbi Aura Ahuvia (Treasurer/Secretary) is the spiritual leader of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, in Woodstock, New York. Ordained in 2014 by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal in 2014 as both a rabbi and as a Mashpiah, or spiritual guide, Reb Aura belongs to the OHALAH Rabbinical Association. Prior to ordination, she co-founded (along with her husband), and later served as student rabbi for, the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation. She holds two masters degrees from the University of Michigan, one in journalism (1996); the other in Judaic Studies (2006). Her two sons are currently in college.
Judith Dack had a profound life-changing experience at Elat Chayyim, The Jewish Renewal Retreat Center, in 1997, and has been passionately serving the flourishing of Jewish Renewal ever since. Currently, she creates spiritual community using the transformative powers of art-making, chanting, meditating and writing in a variety of contexts. She is on the faculty of Kol Zimra, Rabbi Shefa Gold's two-year Chant Leadership Training. Judith is a graduate of the first cohorts of both DLTI (Davvenen' Leadership Training Institute) and Kol Zimra. She has served in various capacities at Elat Chayyim, and subsequently at The Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, where she was best known as the yoga teacher, mispacha group leader, and "stand up" fundraiser for many summers and Shavuot retreats. Judith currently resides in Boulder, CO where she recently graduated from Naropa University with her Master’s degree in Art Therapy & Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Judith’s psychotherapy practice specializes in treating young adult women in transition. She is the mother of two grown daughters.
Rosalie Eisen has held the position of Program Officer for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for the past nineyears. Her professional work focuses on PJ Library, a global outreach and engagement initiative for families raising Jewish children. In this capacity, she works widely with Jewish organizations and their professional and lay leaders, foundations and philanthropists across the U.S. Her expertise is in building community collaboration, family engagement and donor relations. Rosalie has also held professional positions as a life coach, financial consultant, and non-profit director. She co-founded and directed Basherte, an international network of workshops focusing on Jewish relationships, with her husband, Rabbi Efraim Eisen. Rosalie has been involved in ALEPH since the early 1990’s, and received smicha as a Master of Blessings, Jewish Relationship Counselor and Convener of Congregations from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z"l. She was honored as an Eshet Hazon at the 2005 Kallah. Rosalie resides in Amherst, MA, and is blessed with four sweet grandsons.
Rabbi Dan Goldblatt has been the spiritual leader of Beth Chaim Congregation in Danville, California for 22years. He has worked as a journalist, theater director, and award-winning writer/director/producer of documentary films. He served seven different congregations as spiritual leader before entering the ALEPH Ordination program through an attraction to the life and work of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z"l. He has served as Chair of the OHALAH Ethics Committee, is on the Board of both OHALAH and ALEPH and is Past President of OHALAH. His passion is for sacred storytelling and has lectured, lead workshops and been a Scholar-in-Residence around the U.S., Canada and Israel. He also leads workshops on intimacy making relationships sacred with his wife, Yael Goldblatt, a clinical psychologist specializing in couples work. Dan is assembling the first cohort for a Sacred Storytelling training program and is readying for publication a book, Miracles Happen: Stories That Break Open the Heart.
Jane Graver is a serial entrepreneur and activist who has spent her life involved in Progressive Judaism. She has a deep curiosity about how institutions, organizations, and even religions can grow and change. Jane served as a board member for three different synagogues in New York and New Jersey. As the top executive at Romemu, the fastest growing Jewish Renewal Synagogue in New York City, she oversaw the rapid growth of membership budget. She has been active with the World Union and European Union for Progressive Judaism. Named as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc. Magazine, Jane successfully started two technology companies, (one which went public), an educational foundation, and an organic tea company. And she has authored a bestselling technology book. Jane has earned Master’s Degrees in Instructional Technology and Information Science. Jane taught ethics in Hebrew School for over two decades, co-teaching with Rabbi Sally Priesand. She lives in NYC and is the proud mother of two amazing sons. Her third chapter professional life is focused on management consulting for emerging companies and supporting others in their third chapter.
Rabbi David Ingber is the founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, NYC's largest Jewish Renewal Community. David studied in Orthodox yeshivahs before receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David is a sought-after national and international leader and educator. His unique, open-hearted and embodied approach to Jewish teaching has taken him from all along the East Coast, to communities in London, Jerusalem, Aspen, and Montreal. He has taught at JTS, Pardes, and Skirball. David spent 10 years studying sacred healing art traditions, including Yoga, Shiatsu, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Kung Fu, and Chen school Tai Chi. He is also a certified Astrologer. Rabbi David promotes a renewed Jewish emphasis on meditative practices and is working for the integration of sacred body practices into mainstream Judaism.
Connie Reider has been a professional portrait and event photographer for more than 35 years.In 2004, sheco-founded The F. Holland Day Center for Healing and Creativity, a cancer retreat center in Maine, where she served as Creative Director until 2009. In 2008, Connie launched INscape, The Healing Art of Photography. She has offered INscape retreats and workshops at cancer wellness centers, healthspas, and private sites nationally and in Mexico and Brazil. Connie is a graduate of ALEPH’s Kol Zimra training, Wisdom School, and The Sage-ing Mentorship program. Presently, she is working on The Wise Elders Project. She has interviewed and photographed more than 40 elders across the country, aged 89-103. She shares their legacy and wisdom in an interactive presentation, Wisdom of the SAges…90 and Beyond.
Jade Netanya Ullmann was most recently the Director of Development, Membership and Outreach for Romemu, the NYC Jewish Renewal center. Jade is a 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellow, supporting woman-led for-profit social ventures and has helped the Fetzer Institute develop programs for next generation philanthropists. She sits on the board of the Common Fire Foundation, which completed the highest level green building project on the Eastern US. Through the Threshold Foundation, she has been concerned with restorative justice, co-existance and community organizing. She is also involved in her family foundation. Jade received her BA from Naropa University, where she was an Area Coordinator for Students for a Free Tibet. She has been trained as a Be Present facilitator, exploring the issues of race, gender, power and class. Jade has is certified as a Yoga & Jewish Spirituality teacher through Isabella Freedman's 18-month training program.