Rabbi Camille Shira Angel is rabbi to Congregation Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco. She has written widely on creative liturgy, Judaism and women. Her work has been published in the Journal of Psychology and Judaism, Walt Disney/Ideal Books, and other Jewish and women's magazines, as well as academic journals and books. She authored Intimate Connections: Integrating Human Love with Gods Love Ten Lessons and Resource Packet using Jewish values to sensitize students of all agest to the lesbian/gay experience. She currently sits on the Comission for Social Action for the Religious Action Center and is a clergy leader with the San Francisco Organizing Project, which continuest to generate successful actions for Healthy SF. Her congregants have been delegates to Sacramento and Washington D.C. as they lobby on healthcare at the state and national levels.
Rabbi Lewis Barth, PhD is Professor of Midrash and Related Literature. He served as Dean of HUC-JIR, Los Angeles from 1971-1979 and most recently from 1997-2006. Rabbi Barth specializes in rabbinic biblical interpretation and the study of manuscripts of Midrash texts. His areas of expertise include: Rabbinic biblical interpretation and midrashic texts and manuscripts.
Pamela Brown is the Program Coordinator for the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. She earned her B.A in Women's Studies from UC Davis, an A.A. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from City College of San Francisco and for over 12 years, served as the Lifecycle and Program Coordinator at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco.
Rabbi Norman Cohen, PhD is author of Hineini in Our Lives, The Way into Torah, Voices from Genesis, and Self, Struggle, and Change. Dr. Norman Cohen is Provost of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also serves as Professor of Midrash. Renowned for his expertise in Torah study and midrash (finding contemporary meaning from ancient biblical texts), he lectures frequently to audiences of many faiths. Dr. Cohen was a participant in Bill Moyers' Genesis: A Living Conversation series on PBS.
Rabbi William Cutter, PhD is Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations at HUC-JIR. He has served in several administrative capacities throughout his academic career including his role as the Founding Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. He has edited or served on the editorial committee for more than 40 books ; his most recent publication is Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health (2007, Jewish Lights Publishing).
Elizabeth Feldman, MD is an academic family physician with special expertise in adolescent medicine, working full-time in a family medicine residency training program and running two high school-based health centers. As one of the founders and lay leaders of an egalitarian transdenominational Jewish community in Chicago, she has long felt the need to integrate her Jewish spirituality with her professional life as a health care provider and healer. The pursuit of meaning in medicine and the avoidance of compassion fatigue, for herself, her colleagues and her trainees, has occupied much of her professional thinking over the last decade.
Rabbi Natan Fenner, a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, also holds Masters degrees in Community Planning and Hebrew Letters. He is a board-certified chaplain and has a particular interest in Jewish spirituality and meditation, which he shares through individual counseling, music, Jewish text study, and workshops on blessings and healing. He recently became the President of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MAJCS, BCC, works to transform the culture of later life as director of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Her publications include Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide to Fostering Wholeness, (Jewish Lights, 2008). She edited Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources, a standard reference for accompanying others illness and brokenness.
Debbie Friedman is certainly one of the most popular creators of Jewish music. She directed the music program at the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowac, Wisconsin, creating an annual songleading and music workshop there entitled Hava Nashira. While she often performs at the national conventions of major Jewish organizations, she also appears at prestigous venues such as Carnegie Hall, where she recorded a live CD in 1996. "Mi Shebeirach", a song of healing, is one of the most beautiful numbers that have appeared on some 20 Friedman releases.
Judith-Kate Friedman is a vocalist, composer, producer, cantorial soloist and musical catalyst. She performs internationally, creating songs and community events that celebrate chutzpah, heritage, compassion, grace, and groove. With a poet's eye and a heart for justice, Kate's songs root in Yiddishkeit, Broadway, doo-wop, jazz, improvisation, and contemporary and ancient folk traditions. Her publications include two solo CDs, three with Jewish a capella ensemble Vocolot, and "Island on a Hill" the debut by elder Singers & Songwriters of the Jewish Home with whom she performs in the documentary "A 'Specially Wonderful Affair. Judith-Kate also serves as founding director of Songwriting Works a non-profit engaging elders, families and health and arts professionals in the life-affirming experience of songwriting and performance. www.songwritingworks.org
Carol P. Hausman, Ph.D., a member of the Hiddur training team, is a clinical psychologist and gerontologist. She is coordinator of the Washington Jewish Healing Network and a SeRaF fellow. She is on the faculties of Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Andrea Hodos has been making dances, and helping other people make their own dances, for three decades. Andrea is the creator of Moving Torah Workshops - a method for interpreting traditional Jewish texts using writing, movement and theater exercises alongside traditional study methods. In her work, Andrea draws principally on the techniques of community-based dance that she learned through the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Washington DC.
Elizheva Hurvich brings an ecclectic Jewish background into her work as both artist and educator. She makes custom tallitot and huppot, as well as working with people to help them create their own sacred works. She uses mixed media-- fabric, paper collage, paint, clay, found objects-- to explore and to interpret life and text. She has served as education director for Kehilla Community Synagogue's Jewish Renewal School for nine years. She holds an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a degree in Jewish Art and Material Culture.
Lynne P. Iser, MPH, a member of the Hiddur Training Team, also teaches with the ALEPH Sage-ing Project and was the founding Executive Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute. She is a consultant and advocate for Creating Elder Communities.
Rabbi Elliot Kukla is a member of the spiritual care team of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center in San Francisco. He trained in chaplaincy at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, specializing in mental health at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. He has lectured and led workshops on diversity in sacred texts, spiritual care at the end of life and Jewish healing throughout Canada and the U.S. His articles are published in numerous magazines and anthologized widely. Before moving to San Francisco, Elliot served as the rabbi of the Danforth Jewish Circle in his hometown Toronto, Canada. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2006.
Rabbi Sheldon Marder was ordained in 1978 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York; and, since 1999, has served the Jewish Home of San Francisco, a non-profit skilled nursing facility for 430 residents. He directs the Home's Department of Jewish Life, is responsible for its Synagogue (Congregation L'Dor VaDor), and provides spiritual care. Rabbi Marder recently completed three years of rabbinic studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, graduating as a Senior Rabbinic Fellow. His particular areas of interest are modern Hebrew poetry, Psalms, the use of text and poetry in pastoral care, and the spiritual dimension of care for people with dementia. He is on the Advisory Board and Hospice Committee of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center.
Scarlet Newman-Thomas became the Administrative Assistant of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health in July 2008 after she received a bachelor's degree in both Third World Political/Economic Development and Music at UC Berkeley. In her spare time, she plays drums in several bands and musical groups and enjoys composing songs as well.
Rabbi Julie Pelc, MA ED is Kalsman Institute's Assistant Director. She received master's degrees from the University of Judaism and from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is co-editor of the anthology, Joining the Sisterhood: Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives, published by SUNY Press in 2003. She found deep personal and spiritual meaning writing and researching her Rabbinic Thesis on the Book of Job: "Talk to Me: (Or, When More Bad Things Happen to Good People)."
Michele Prince, LCSW, MAJCS is Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. She served as a member of the oncology social work staff at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital. At the end of her first year of service at Norris, she was named Norris Employee of the Year. She is founder of The Jewish Bereavement Project and has conducted over thirty workshops on such topics as "A Behavioral Health Introduction for Rabbis," "The Basics of Hospice," "Advanced Cancer & End of Life Care," and "Putting Our Affairs in Order: Legal and Financial Matters from a Jewish Perspective."
Chaplain Sheila Segal, MA, BCC, a member of the Hiddur training team, is Director of Chaplaincy Services at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, a long-term care community in North Wales, PA. Her publications include Women of Valor: Great Jewish Women Who Helped Shape the 20th Century, as well as book chapters and articles on spiritual aspects of aging.
Rabbi Simkha Weintraub, LCSW serves as Rabbinic Director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS), where his major responsibilities are with the New York Jewish Healing Center and the National Center for Jewish Healing (NCJH). He offers Jewish spiritual counseling and leads Jewish spiritual support groups for Jews confronting illness, trauma, and loss, as well as training seminars for rabbis and health care professionals, and has written and lectured widely on the use of traditional texts and practices for Jewish spiritual healing. Rabbi Weintraub edited the NCJH's first book, Healing of Soul, Healing of Body (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994), as well as Guide Me Along the Way: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Surgery (JBFCS/NCJH, 2002), and contributes regularly to the NCJH's journal, The Outstretched Arm, and to many other books and periodicals. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Weintraub holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University (1983), and graduated from the Couples and Family Therapy Program of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York (1988). He maintains a private practice in Couples and Family Therapy in New York, working with couples and families confronting a wide range of issues, including chronic illness, infertility, trauma, and bereavement.
Rabbi Eric Weiss is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. In addition to his rabbinic seminary work, he is formally trained in Jewish education, clinical pastoral care and spiritual direction. He is a spiritual direction supervisor. He is a co-founder of "Grief & Growing: A Healing Weekend for Individuals and Families." His writing has appeared in many publications.