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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 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 in Freiburg, Germany (2013-2016) and Rabbi of Chawurah Gescher in Freiburg, Germany and of Migwan in Basel, Switzerland (2017-2019). 

Rabbi Diane 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 (Master of Prayer) 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.

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

Executive Director

Dena Gitterman (she/hers) has been Executive Director of Nevei Kodesh since 2004. She previously worked professionally in careers as a Speech Pathologist, Special Education Teacher, Psychotherapist and University Instructor.   She received Maggid Certification from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 1998, focused on lifecycle and ritual leadership.  In addition to her graduate degrees and business studies she has a certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University.

Dena has been involved with Jewish Renewal for over 30 years and feels deeply honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with our terrific staff, energized volunteer and spiritual leadership as well as our vibrant community, to help create joyful, meaningful and cutting-edge Jewish experiences and support caring, inclusive community.

A long-time Colorado resident, she loves spending time outdoors in the mountains, as well as dancing, art-making, storytelling and quirky humor.

Religious School Director

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Facilities and Communications

Keenan Bloom | Chanoch Ro'i (he/him) is passionate about healing and changing this world one person at a time. Chanoch | Keenan has been a part of this community since he was 5 years old and is honored to help serve this community as it moves into the future. Loves the outdoors, conversations about the future and history of Judaism, ancestral healing, and men's work. A healer, leader, and grounded supporter of others, he is invested in the future and looking up to the stars while keeping his toes in the earth.  

Executive Assistant

 Jenny Schiff (they/theirs) has been a member of Nevei Kodesh for over a decade and working as receptionist, administrative, event and facilities assistant for two years.  They are a dancer and founder of the Schiff Dance Collective and passionate about social justice, movement and caring for all humans. 

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