People

Founding Advisors

Since its inception, the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn has benefitted from the experience and insight of a diverse
and wise group of advisors:

Alison Laichter, cofounder and former Executive Director of the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn.

Ellen Carton, Executive Director of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, nonprofit management leader, teacher, and meditator.

Rabbi David A. Cooper, teacher, meditation guide, and author of many books, including GOD IS A VERB: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism.

Shoshana Cooper, artist, Tea Ceremony teacher, meditation instructor, composer, and former nursing instructor.

Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, meditation instructor, author, and former Program Director for Jewish Life at the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Zoketsu Norman Fischer, poet, Zen priest, teacher, former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, and founder and spiritual director of Everyday Zen Foundation.

Rabbi Yoni Gordis, founding Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Initiatives (CLI), former principal of Yesod Resource Management, social researcher, translator, and teacher.

Sally Gottesman, Founder and President of the Eleemosynary Group, nonprofit consultant, Founder and Chair of Moving Traditions, Board member of American Jewish World Service, B’nai Jeshrun, and American Friends of Yedid.

Anne Holland (Pema Chonyi Drolma), Tibetan Buddhist priest, translator, meditation guide and teacher.

Rabbi David Ingber, founder and spiritual director of Romemu, teacher, astrologer, and meditation practitioner.

Rabbi Joanna Katz, meditation teacher and retreat facilitator, Jewish Chaplain at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, co-founder of Elat Chayyim, and former hospital and college chaplain.

Rabbi Jeff Roth, teacher, retreat facilitator, co-founder and former executive director and spiritual director of Elat Chayyim, founder and director of the Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism.

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, a founder and Director of Outreach and Community Development of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, activist, poet, and meditation instructor.