Dr. David Sanders
Dr. David Sanders, Founder and Spiritual Director of Kabbalah Experience is a teacher’s teacher. He combines over thirty years of experience as both a psychologist and Kabbalist helping guide people to deeper awareness and fulfillment in their lives. His own transformation from religious studies to mysticism intrigued him to broaden the study of Kabbalah to practical spiritual growth. He is now considered a Master of KE’s unique teachings – “Transformational Kabbalah” – which combine traditional mysticism, contemporary psychology and quantum physics.
It is David’s joy to help others challenge their views of themselves and the world. Through study and practice David’s students regularly change their perceptions and choose to alter or modify their behavior – which in turn brings positive change to relationships, community, and expressing their purpose in the world.
David maintains an active therapy practice, specializing in working with couples and families and is co-authoring a book on creating new families after divorce. He is the author of 2 books on mysticism and language, and is currently writing a book on MASKS, the subject of one of his most popular courses.
David sees psychological and spiritual growth as a continuum of learning and becoming more aware of the self and others. His creation of Kabbalah Experience is a way to enter into people’s lives from a different premise – spiritual learning and guidance that does not have a starting point of “my problem.” Says David, “we are all linked in this work together, the teacher becomes the student and the student becomes the teacher.”
David considers it his fortune to live with and learn from his wife Rita every day. With two sets of twins and an eldest son, life is rich for the whole family.
Melanie Gruenwald, Executive Director of Kabbalah Experience brings over 25 years of non-profit leadership and community-organizing to her position. Engaged with senior citizens, families, college students, and teens, Melanie has extensive professional experience with communal leadership and informal Jewish education.
Melanie is energized by building relationships, understanding people's needs and finding ways to connect them to one another. She loves the balance of organizational leadership and teaching which she engages on a daily basis at Kabbalah Experience.
She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y), and Masters in Social Work and Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Melanie has pursued additional Judaic and spiritual studies at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, the Conservative Yeshiva, and most recently, Kabbalah Experience.
Melanie is married to Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald, Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, and is mom to three children, Koby (z"l), Hannah, and Micah.
Rabbi Benjamin (Jamie) Arnold
Rabbi Benjamin (“Jamie”) Arnold has been a student of mysticism, Buddhism, meditation and Kabbalah and the teachings of Mussar for more than 25 years. He has served as a congregational rabbi and teacher since 1997, and came to Congregation Beth Evergreen in Colorado as their first full-time rabbi in 2005. Originally from Western New York, he also served as Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Amherst, New York.
Rabbi Jamie’s teaching draws on his experience as a spiritual practitioner, intensive learning with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, talent as a musician and writer, and a deep-rooted commitment to fostering spiritual connections between us all. He is active in building bridges between communities as a member of the Evergreen Interfaith Group and past President of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. Rabbi Jamie is a graduate of Kenyon College (1992) and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (1999), a husband, a parent of three young adult children, and an avid skier and mountain biker. He brings a caring heart, consummate knowledge, spirituality and passion to every class he teaches at Kabbalah Experience.
Rabbi Sara Brandes
Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Sara Brandes is a writer, teacher and healer who makes her home with her family in the north of Israel. Past Executive Director at Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation, Sara teaches Judaism as a world wisdom tradition. A certified yoga instructor and mindfulness practitioner, Sara is author of Magical World: Stories, Reflections, Poems
Summer 2020: Awakened Body
Winter 2021: Morning Meditation: Finding Light in Darkness
Spring 2021: Kabbalah of Love: Readings in Song of Songs
Sue Parker Gerson
Sue Parker Gerson is a Senior Associate Director for the ADL Mountain States Region serving Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Prior to joining ADL, Sue worked in the field of Jewish Education and served for many years as the Colorado director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and for four years as a Melton Regional Director. She earned her MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and is the co-author of Teaching Jewish History.
Summer 2020: Pirkei Avot and Social Justice
Fall 2020: Tikkun Olam
Winter 2021: Introduction to Zohar: Uncovering the Mystical Secrets of Familiar Torah Passages
Spring 2021: Introduction to Zohar, Part II
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi (Miriam Sara) Feigelson, is the first female Orthodox rabbi post-shoah. She is an international teacher of Chassidut, Spirituality and a story teller. Reb Mimi formed and created, as an Israeli-Modern-Chareidi-Chassidic-Rabbi the role of the Mashpiah Ruchanit (spiritual mentor) in non-Orthodox Rabbinical Seminaries in the United States since 2001, and in Yerushalayim, since her return in the summer of 2017. Prior to Los Angeles (2001), Reb Mimi was the associate director of the Yakar Institute for Tradition and Creativity, and director of the Women’s Beit Ha’midrash. She was adjunct faculty at the Ma’aleh Film College and published regularly in the Ha’aretz Literary Supplement. Reb Mimi’s doctorate “On the Cusp of Life: From Scared to Sacred” is an exploration and redefining of Jewish funerals.
She is the blessed and proud soul-mother to over a dozen children.
Winter 2020: Prayer and Chasidut
J. Ruth Gendler
Writer and artist J. Ruth Gendler is interested in living in a world where people are more compassionate, creative, and lively. She is the author of three books: the award winning Notes on the Need for Beauty, the anthology Changing Light, and the long-time bestseller The Book of Qualities. Her art work, including paintings, drawings and monotypes, have been exhibited nationally. Gendler has worked as an artist in the schools and led creativity workshops for children and adults in a variety of venues for thirty years; she is an articulate spokeswoman for the importance of the arts in daily life and in education.
Summer 2020: The Wisdom of Beauty
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian psychotherapist, and founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement and a renowned Jewish scholar and teacher. Tirzah has taught nationally for over 30 years about body-mind psychology, Kabbalah, feminist mysticism, ancestral healing and other modern applications of ancient wisdom. www.tirzahfirestone.com @tirzahfire
Fall 2019: Repairing the Soul: Intergenerational Healing and Kabbalistic Wisdom
Susan Kaplan, MSW, MPA, RYT, has an integrative social work practice, Listening & Leading From Within, LLC, where she provides coaching, training and facilitation. She works with individuals, families, teams, organizations, leadership and staff development, and community groups. She is a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, a Courage & Renewal Facilitator (Parker Palmer’s work), a life long Jewish mystic, Hatha Yoga Teacher and a Professional Storyteller. Susan has had a variety of personal losses and has experienced the power of collective grief rituals, valuing mutuality, healing, and the collective practice of loving kindness and open heartedness.
Summer 2020: Walking with Grief mini-retreat
Winter 2021: RMCCN And Kabbalah Experience Present: The Inner Journey of Racial Healing