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Spiritual Leadership

Nevei Kodesh is a vibrant community. 

Among us we are blessed to have talented rabbis, prayer leaders, teachers, musicians and pastors. 

For 2020-21 our Spiritual Leadership Team model is as follows:

 

 

Pastoral and Spiritual Care

 

Rabbi Diane Tiferet Lakein holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and International Politics from Princeton University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Born in San Francisco, she spent time in Stockholm, Sweden as a child and in Beijing, China as an undergraduate. She moved to Germany in the mid-1990s to conduct ethnographic research on anti-racist responses to rising xenophobia – and discovered her passion for Jewish spirituality and education.

Rabbi Diane Tiferet Lakein received a Masters of Jewish Education from Hebrew College in 2015 and ordination from ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, in 2017. She most recently served as Jewish Educator in Cologne, Germany (2011-2014), Rabbinic Intern for Chawurah Gescher in Freiburg, Germany (2013-2016) and Rabbi of Migwan in Basel, Switzerland (2017-2019). 

Rabbi Diane TIferet Lakein is a member of the General Rabbinical Council of Germany – Allgemeine Rabbinerkonferenz (ARK ) – and of Haver, the Rabbinic Council of Boulder, Colorado. She is also a member in good standing of OHALAH, the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal.

 

Service and Prayer Leadership

Ba’alat Tefilah/Hazzan Michelle Wolf is a lifelong vocalist with experience in a range of genres: classical, jazz, a cappella, and sacred liturgy. She is most on-purpose when leading Jewish prayer and chant, using her voice and presence to open hearts and help others connect to Source. 

Michelle served as cantor for Nevei Kodesh under our founding spiritual leader, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, during 11 cycles through the calendar. For her mastery as Jewish liturgist, Michelle was honored with a Certificate of Empowerment by Rabbi Firestone and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (z’’l) and granted the titles Ba’alat Tefilah and Shlichat Tzibbur (2011).

Michelle coaches youth in B’nai Mitzvah education and regularly leads services for Shabbat, High Holidays, and other holidays and rituals throughout the Jewish year. CD releases include PrayerSongs with Bat Kol (sacred Jewish music), and Love Café with IRIS (women’s a cappella). For her secular work, Michelle develops educational exhibits with ECOS Communications (https://ecos.us/).

Educated at Stanford University (BA, History), Columbia University’s Teachers College, Middlebury College (MA, French), and Aleph’s Davvenen’ Leadership Training Institute. Ongoing studies include: parenting two young adult sons, ever-deepening relationship with a committed life partner, and the blessings of close family, friends, and community. 

Note: “Ba’alat Tefilah” means Master of Prayer, who leads the congregation. 
 

Reb Zalman Scholar in Residence 

Maggid Charna Rosenholtz, MA. is an accomplished teacher specializing in psycho-spiritual growth and applications of spiritual wisdom. Ordained as a Hebrew wisdom teacher (Maggid) by Rabbi’s Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and Tirzah Firestone in 2007, she also holds a Master's degree in comparative religious studies from Naropa University in Boulder.  A visionary, Charna believes in the role of Hebrew Scriptures as a living guide for becoming the best that we can be. Charna has specialized in teaching and leading Torah studies since 1998 and has presented on issues of spirituality to all age groups.

A healing arts practitioner since 1985, Charna has studied with medicine women, clergy, and master teachers of health and human potential. Charna weaves embodied practices, felt-sense awareness, and contemplative exercises into the learning experience. Her skill set in developing empowered learning environments creates successful circles of learning. Currently a Rabbinic student with Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, her classes are taught in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Chicago, Illinois.

​Charna woke to the inner voice of spirit when she was ten years old and has been seeking ever since for ways to be in right relationship with the soul's journey. Along her spiritual journey she has traveled in 29 countries and 49 states. In addition to travel she enjoys spending time in community, in friendship, in nature, conscious breathing and gardening.

 

Family Service Leadership

Brooke Fisher MA., Director of Family Life is excited be on an amazing journey with all the awesome children, teens, families and community members of Nevei Kodesh. She is Master of Jewish Education with an emphasis in experiential education from Hebrew College, where she graduated this past year as a Legacy Fellow. Her first introduction into Jewish Renewal was as the director of ALEPH Kids Kallah, developing an experiential summer program.

Her additional experience is in curriculum development, teaching, classroom management, creating organizational systems, service leading and marketing as a long-time Religious School Director, B'nai Mitzvah coordinator, teacher and Early Childhood Director. 

Developing and fostering an innovative Religious School and family life programs while learning with so many bright students, enthusiastic staff and wonderful families is what she loves. She brings my expertise and love for this community and Jewish learning to our Nevei Kodesh community.

As for her personal life, she enjoy spending time with her husband, awesome five children, their bunny, two dogs, Beta fish and grand-dog, Zuko. She is an avid Harry Potter fan, loves baking bread, enjoys mystical things and being outdoors, especially on the water. She is also really excited about our upcoming year here at Nevei Kodesh.

 

Rabbi Emerita

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., our founding rabbi, is now Rabbi Emerita. Reb Tirzah is a renowned teacher, author and Jungian therapist. She speaks and teaches locally and nationally on the topics of spirituality, ancient mystical wisdom for the modern soul, the re‐integration of feminine wisdom into the Jewish tradition, and ancestral healing.   Ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 1992, she is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal movement. 

Her publications include With Roots in Heaven (Dutton, 1998), The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women’s Wisdom (Harper San Francisco, 2003), and Wounds Into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Trauma (Monkfish, 2019). She offers workshops on modern applications of ancient wisdom and ancestral healing: how to transform patterns of suffering from our past and bring forth clarity, wisdom, and blessings for ourselves and those who come after us. She also offers workshops, services and teachings locally from time to time.  For more information:  www.TirzahFirestone.com

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780