Kabbalah of the Month
Melinda (Mindy) Ribner, L.C.S.W. is a spiritual psychotherapist and healer in private practice (Kabbal of the Heart). She is a teacher of Jewish meditation and Kabbalah for over 25 years. Author of Kabbalah Month by Month, New Age Judaism, and Everyday Kabbalah, she is also the founder and director of Beit Miriam (Beitmiriam). She can be reached by email at Miriam@kabbalahoftheheart.com.
The Roads from Babel
An attorney and Semitic linguist with degrees from Brandeis, Stanford and Univ. of Calif., Seth Watkins (pen name, Ben-Mordecai) merges linguistic analysis with legal sleuthing to uncover lost meanings of ancient texts. His Exodus Haggadah uniquely includes the full story of the Exodus in an accessible format. Email: Seth@VayomerPublishing.com.
Amy Hirshberg Lederman
Lederman is an award winning author, Jewish educator, public speaker and attorney who lives in Tucson. Visit her website at amyhirshberglederman.com.
Jim Shipley has had careers in broadcasting, distribution, advertising, and telecommunications. He began his working life in radio in Philadelphia. He has written his JPO column for 20 years and is director of Trading Wise, an international trade and marketing company in Orlando, Fla.
Musings from Shiloh
Batya Medad is a veteran American olah, immigrant in Israel. She and her husband made aliyah in 1970 and have been in Shiloh since 1981. She’s a wife, mother, grandmother, EFL Teacher, writer and photographer. She has two active blogs, ShilohMusings.blogspot and Me-Ander.blogspot, besides having established the Kosher Cooking Carnival; details on me-ander. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Rabbi Elliot Gertel
Rabbi Gertel has been spiritual leader of Conservative Congregation Rodfei Zedek since 1988. A native of Springfield, Mass., he attended Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of two books, What Jews Know About Salvation and Over the Top Judaism: Precedents and Trends in the Depiction of Jewish Beliefs and Observances in Film and Television. He has been media critic for The National Jewish Post & Opinion since 1979.
DeKoven helps people make things more fun: work, school, games (of course), marriage, parenthood, exercise, healing, toys, recovery, retirement, life… He does this by helping people look at things from a fun perspective, which usually turns out to be something people under stress would never think of. And he happens to know a lot about this particular perspective. Read more about him on Deepfun.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater critic Irene Backalenick covers theater for national and regional publications. She has a Ph.D. in theater criticism from City University Graduate Center. Her book East Side Story – Ten Years with the Jewish Repertory Theatre won a first-place national book award in history. She welcomes comments at IreneBack@sbcglobal.net and invites you to visit her website: nytheaterscene.com or at: jewish-theatre.com.
Spoonful of Humor
Ted Roberts, a Rockower Award winner, is a syndicated Jewish columnist who looks at Jewish life with rare wit and insight. His inspiration is his patient wife, Shirley. Check out his Web site: WonderWordWorks.com. His collected works The Scribbler on The Roof can be bought at Amazon.com or Lulu.com.
Rabbi Irwin Wiener, D.D.
Rabbi Irwin Wiener is spiritual leader of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation near Phoenix, Ariz. He welcomes comments at email@example.com.
Howard W. Karsh
Howard W. Karsh lives and writes in Milwaukee, Wisc. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism and Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
As I Heard It
Dr. Gold is a composer, conductor, pianist and retired educator and may be reached at: 6 Webster Street, Springvale, Maine 04083 or by email at email@example.com.
Seen on the Israel Scene
Sybil Kaplan is a journalist, book reviewer, food columnist and feature writer who moved from Overland Park, Kan., to Jerusalem in September 2008.
Miriam L. Zimmerman
Dr. Miriam L. Zimmerman is professor emerita at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jews by Choice
Mary Hofmann welcomes comments at: P.O. Box 723, Merced, CA 95340; Mhofwriter@aol.com.
An Observant Eye
Rabbi Avi Shafran
Rabbi Shafran is director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America.
For Young People
Rabbi Moshe ben Asher – Khulda bat Sarah
Rabbi Moshe ben Asher and his wife Magidah Khulda bat Sarah are the codirectors of Gather the People (Gatherthepeople.org), which provides online resources for congregational community development and organizing.