ALEPH Board

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (board co-chair) named in 2016 by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, was ordained by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal as a rabbi in 2011 and as a mashpi’ah ruchanit (spiritual director) in 2012. Rachel serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in western Massachusetts. She holds a BA in religion from Williams College and an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is author 70 faces: Torah poems (Phoenicia, 2011), Waiting to Unfold(Phoenicia, 2013),Toward Sinai: Omer poems (Velveteen Rabbi, 2016) and Open My Lips (Ben Yehuda, 2016), as well as several poetry chapbooks. A 2012 Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, Rachel is an alumna facilitator for the Emerging Jewish and Muslim Religious Leaders retreat organized by RRC‘s Office of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives. Since 2003 she has blogged as The Velveteen Rabbi; in 2008, TIME named her blog one of the top 25 sites on the internet. Rachel’s work has appeared in Lilith, The Wisdom Daily, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (Bloomsbury), and many other places. Her downloadable Velveteen Rabbi’s Haggadah for Pesach has been used around the world.

David Evan MarkusRabbi David Evan Markus
(board co-chair)
 brings to ALEPH extensive background in Judaics, governance and management. David earned ordination as mashpia (spiritual director) in January 2014 and as rabbi in January 2015, both from ALEPH. David serves as associate spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El of City Island (New York NY) with Rabbi Shohama Harris Wiener. An alum of CLAL's Rabbis Without Borders and curated blogger for My Jewish Learning, David's academic work on liturgy and spiritual education have been published in New Matrix Publications, Shma Magazine, Avenida Books and Velveteen Rabbi. David also has taught at OHALAH, Routes, Fordham University and Pace University. In secular life, David presides as judicial referee in New York Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District. Previously, David served as special counsel to the Chief Judge of New York, senior counsel to the New York Senate, state deputy director of voter protection for a major presidential campaign, policy associate to environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and director of a healthcare advocacy nonprofit. David earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, Master in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Bachelor of Arts from Williams College.

 

Rabbi Aura AhuviaRabbi Aura Ahuvia 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.

Caryn Aviv is Associate Director of Judaism Your Way, and a rabbinic candidate through ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal.   She earned a PhD in sociology from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on the sociology of women’s health, international immigration, and global Jewish communities.  Caryn taught sociology and Jewish/Israel Studies for over a decade before transitioning to an emerging rabbinate.  She has published widely in academic and general venues on Jewish culture and history, and feminist/queer activism. 

Judith DackJudith 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.

Linda Jo Doctor 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.

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.

Steven Green returned to his Jewish roots thanks, in large measure, to the work and legacy of Reb Zalman.The Judaism he left decades ago bears little resemblance to the “renewed” world he came back to. Seeking an authentic spiritual practice and a transformative path led to a number of different practices over the years in Eastern and Western religious/spiritual traditions which came full circle to a Renewal Rabbi who shone a bright light on what was always there. Steven, an attorney, practices family law and spends never enough time with his wife in the idyllic setting of Berkshire County Massachusetts. 

David Daniel KlipperRabbinic Pastor David Daniel Klipper (Treasurer) 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.
 

Rabbi David IngberRabbi 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.

Rabbi Evan J. Krame brings to the ALEPH Board 35 years of experience as a lawyer and Jewish community leader.  Evan was ordained by ALEPH as rabbi and spiritual director.  He is a co-founder of The Jewish Studio, focusing on providing meaningful and enjoyable Jewish experiences to adults who are unaffiliated, under-affiliated or disaffiliated. Evan has been honored by both local and national organizations for his service, most notably receiving the Exemplar of Leadership award from Hillel International, recognizing his work on behalf of the Hillel of George Washington University. Evan is a founding officer of the American Friends of the Anne Frank House.  Evan is a graduate of the George Washington Law School with both a J.D. and LL.M. (taxation).  In his legal career, Evan is an attorney in private practice, serving as advocate and fiduciary for persons with disabilities.  He lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, Jodi, an attorney in Washington, D.C.  Together they have a son (Zach, in Atlanta working for Turner Broadcasting) and a daughter (Sarah, studying at NYU Law School).  

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. 

Rabbi Jennifer Singer is the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol HaNeshama in Sarasota, Florida, where she has served since 2008, first as education director and then as spiritual leader beginning in 2013. She was ordained as a rabbi and spiritual director by the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal in January, 2017. She holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has taught extensively, including in a groundbreaking pilot program for emerging community leaders, created by The Jewish Federations of North America, and was a contributor to the second edition of the curriculum. She spent 20 years as an endowment professional and major gifts fundraiser in the Jewish community, most recently working for the American Technion Society. She previously worked in marketing, and as a journalist and freelance writer, and is the co-author of “Opportunity Knocks: Using PR.”

Jade Netanya UllmannJade 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.