Rabbi Nadya Gross, Executive Director & CEO and Rabbi Victor Gross, President
Rabbi Victor Gross, Ph.D., is a congregational Rabbi and Educator dedicated to paradigm shifting. He serves as Director of Studies and teaches Deep Ecumenism, Jewish History and Jewish Thought in the ALEPH Rabbinical Program. He recently joined the faculty and Academic Affairs committee of the newly formed Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. Victor is the author of Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rabbi Nadya Gross, MA, a congregational rabbi, spiritual director and teacher, is the Director of Spiritual Formation for the ALEPH Ordinations Program and Director of ALEPH’s Hashpa’ah: Training Program for Jewish Spiritual Directors. She offers hashpa’ah/ spiritual direction to individuals, couples, and clergy. Nadya has developed a program to train End-Of-Life Doulas. Trained in the Jewish mystical tradition by her grandmother, she transmits the teachings in a two-year program Secrets My Grandmother Told Me: a wisdom school.
Together, Nadya & Victor offer spiritual direction and coaching to couples and teach workshops on Relationship as Spiritual Practice and Conscious Parenting, and on confronting our mortality. They serve on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, OR.
At home, they serve as co-Rabbis of Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO. The congregation shares space, study, occasional worship and good works in the community with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. This has been a living laboratory for the practice of Deep Ecumenism – a concept first articulated by Rev. Matthew Fox and developed by her teacher, and founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Bahira Sugarman, VP of Institutional Strength and Values and Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, VP of Program Advancement and Leadership
Celebrated as Pioneers bySage-ing® International and members of their Council of Honored Sages, Bahira and Reb Shaya facilitate opening pathways for people to deepen their understanding of second half of life tasks and possibilities. They are co-founders and co-directors of the Sage-ing® Mentorship Program and senior faculty emeriti of the Spiritual Eldering Institute where, at Reb Zalman’s z”l request, they designed and implemented its leadership training program. They have been leading life-transforming Sage-ing® Workshops for three decades while teaching and living the couple relationship as a spiritual path for even more years. They are wise spiritual guides and skilled teacher/group facilitators.
Reb Shaya is past Chair of the Department of Religion, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he taught courses in Jewish Mysticism, comparative spirituality and religion and science. Co-founder and past Co-director of UF’s Center for Spirituality and Health, Rabbi Emeritus and retired Co-leader with Bahira for Gainesville, Florida’s P’nai Or, he has served on the faculty of the ALEPH Ordinations Program and continues to serve on the faculty of Aleph’s Spiritual Directions Programs. He is licensed as a Massage Therapist and has been initiated as a Traditional Reiki Master.
Bahira, in her 24th year as a Traditional Reiki Master, is ordained as a spiritual guide by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z’l and has been celebrated as an Eyshet Hazon (Woman of Vision) v’Rofet Neshamot (healer of souls) by the ALEPH International Community. She is retired also as a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist. Licensed as a Massage Therapist, she teaches Reiki and T’ai Chi Chuan and is renowned for her transpersonal and healing work.
Lynne is the of founder Elder-Activists.org, whose mission is to inspire, educate and support those in the second half of life to become activists, using their resources and wisdom to create a world that is thriving and just for future generations. Her workshops integrate the teachings of Spiritual Eldering with the work of Joanna Macy. Lynne was honored as a “Wise Elder” by Sage-ing® International, in recognition of her work as co-founder and Executive Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute.