From 2013 Tefilah Retreat
Daniel Yoel (Danny) Cohen has studied at a variety of Jewish educational institutions in Israel and America, including the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, Yeshivat Hadar, and Sulam Yaakov, the Nachlaot Community Beit Midrash for Leadership Development, and has taught Torah and Jewish spirituality in America, Israel, and India. His pursuit of meditation, contemplative prayer, and the spiritually oriented path of Torah have been particularly transformative in his life over the past few years. Danny is enthusiastic about engaging Judaism and the Jewish spiritual path as a holistic, whole person, transformative endeavor and learning from all sources of wisdom.
Rachael Brody lives to experience every moment at it's fullest, to play barefoot on the earth, and to enjoy yummy homegrown food with family and friends. She is a gardener, singer, dancer, and aspiring somatic psychotherapist who wishes to inspire healing through re-connection of the body to the earth, sensory experiences, and the natural food system. She is super excited to be participating in this year's Tefilah retreat to sweetly deepen into a spiritual practice with community in a beautiful place. And, like Yoni, she also loves cartwheeling.
Veronika (Nika) Shulman is a proud graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied art history with a focus in the philosophy of art, and she studied aesthetics for a year at Oxford. Her background growing up and current career path is musical theatre, and she hopes to contribute to the tefila weekend by sharing how she feels music, energy, and prayer are interwoven. She has always felt deeply connected to spirituality and Judaism through personal prayer and grew up going to a reformed congregation in L.A. called Wilshire Boulevard Temple and its beloved summer camp. Right now she lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City which she likes to call Heaven's Kitchen. It is her true honor to join you all for this weekend and it is such a sparkle on her calendar of events! She wishes it was May 30 now!
Hannah Kapnik Ashar is co-organizing the third Tefilah Retreat. She has explored Talmud, Torah, Tefilah, and kindness as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar and at the Pardes Institute, and is currently a teaching fellow with the Kevah Teaching Fellowship. She majored in Jewish Studies with a focus on classical text in college, and has facilitated theology discussion groups, spiritual practice workshops, and text studies. She loves dancing, good davenning, jumping on trampolines, and other ways of reaching great heights.
Noa Silver is a magical thinker, dancer, singer, and author.
Aaron Schneider is a recent father! A somatic therapist, a talmid of Reb Zalman, and in pursuit of ever-increasing meaningful living. He gets a thrill from pushing boundaries to explore living more vivaciously.
Yoni Ashar loves meditation, frisbee, learning Torah, and doing cartwheels. He is currently a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at the University of Colorado, researching the effects of meditation on the mind and brain. He learned Torah for two years at the Pardes Institute, in Jerusalem, and has lead shiurim (text studies), dance workshops, and a diversity of experiential education activities. He has an ambivalent relationship with prayer and is therefore excited for the opportunity this retreat affords to delve deeper.
*** Several other Spiritual Beings in the Boulder/Denver area have agreed to come but have yet to send a bio and picture -- stay tuned! Think you know someone who really should lead a session? Send us and them an email! ***