Rabbi Mike comins
Rabbi Mike Comins grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Near Eastern Studies, and served as regional advisor for the Southern California Federation of Temple Youth and Rosh Eida at UAHC Camp Swig before making aliyah (moving to Israel) at age 26…..
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Julie Emden, RYT-500, Halprin Practitioner, infuses her work with exploration, spirit and joy. She is passionate about awakening the body as a gateway to deep inner knowing and guides others in somatic explorations of Jewish wisdom teachings as a resource for living in balance and wholeness….
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Diane Bloomfield is the creator of the Torah Yoga ® approach. She teaches throughout Israel, Western Europe, and North America. Israel has been her primary residence since 1984, but she also spends time each year with her family in St Paul, MN.
Diane has spent many years learning and teaching Torah, both in yeshivas and privately.
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Nancy Wolfson-Moche, CHHC, RYT, is a certified Torah yoga instructor. She has practiced yoga for over 35 years and teaches in New York City. A certified macrobiotic counselor and culinary medicine practitioner, Nancy guides people in improving their health and well-being through making informed diet and lifestyle choices.
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did you know?
“IT SEEMS AN UNLIKELY MIX: A LOTUS AND A L’CHAYIM, A PRAYER WHEEL AND A PRAYER SHAWL. BUT MANY PEOPLE WITH JEWISH BACKGROUNDS FIND THE DISTINCT TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES OF JUDAISM AND BUDDHISM ARE COMPLEMENTARY.”
“in many cases around the world, People are rediscovering Judaism by finding parallel beliefs to those learned in their yoga and meditation practices within the Jewish mystical tradition. The search to find a Jewish context for one’s yoga practice has created a new phenomenon of Jewish yoga teachers who are experimenting with substituting Hebrew words and phrases for Sanskrit chants and Torah study for Patanjali’s yoga sutras.”
“Integrating the potent tools of yoga and Jewish text study seeks to cultivate deeper awareness of the divine inherent in our bodies. Through the combination of Torah and Yoga, we develop our own contemplative practice and prayerful ‘work-out’ of body and soul while exploring what it means to relate to our bodies in both sickness and in health.”
“Torah Yoga provides us ways to connect with the spiritual without contradicting Judaism, and may offer some in-depth tools for how to become a person who is more conscious.”
“Patanjali, a sage who wrote Yoga Sutras, states that yoga is sârvabhauma, which means that it is meant for one and all. This universality existed then and exists even now in the form of Torah Yoga.”
Artists in residence
Ahavat Hinam is a supergroup of Jewish educators and musicians Max Jared (Dallas TX, USA) and shannyn.art (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) who create sacred moments using music inspired by Judaism, pop, rock, love, and social action. Max graduated from HUC-JIR with a masters in Jewish Education in2016 and Shannyn completed her Bachelors of Education (Primary) this year. Since their formation, they have performed all over the world, from Texas to Sydney, and launch a new album this year!
Shannyn is an Australian singer/songwriter, service leader, teacher and Jewish educator. She has spent the last six years working within the Australasian Jewish community running educational programming, musical prayer services, and seeking to re-inspire people of all ages to reconnect with Judaism in a new way.
Max’s unique and energetic music has brought this engaging Jewish Educator to communities across North America, Australia, and Israel, building diverse communities together through song, study, and prayer. After launching his debut album in 2012, and completing a Masters in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in 2016, Max has been working as a Jewish musician, educator, prayer-leader, and social entrepreneur, and is working to creating intention Jewish moments for the Australian community.