Peer-Led Retreat Jewish Educators Database

A list of excellent Jewish educators worldwide who are pre-approved to teach at Peer-Led Retreats.

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Gavrila Abramson + - Bio
Location: Oakland, CA Categories: Conflict Resolution, Dance, Earth-Based Judaism, Embodiment, Feminism, Health and Wellness, Kabbalah/Mysticism, Meditation, Mindfulness, Poetry, Ritual, Sexuality, Writing, Yoga Retreats: Connecting the Wisdom of Judaism and Permaculture; Return to the Wild Woman

Gavrila Nikhila is a mindfulness and embodiment educator whose work has been developed from a diverse background of teachers and cultures. Originally certified in Osho Active Meditation, Gavrila worked with spiritual communities around the world to invite people into the radical space of awareness, liberation, and self-acceptance. Thirsty with a passion to intimately understand the human experience, she went on to become a certified yoga teacher, meditation facilitator, and mediator. Gavrila participates in extended, silent meditation retreats to deeply study the techniques of mindfulness and how they lead to joy and contentment. In reclaiming her Jewish lineage, Gavrila works intimately with the moon cycle and in finding the earth-based roots of Judaism. Additionally, she is interested in pioneering new ways to honor the grieving process and tending to unresolved trauma. Based in California, she teaches mindfulness to teenagers, in collaboration with Spirit Rock and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, and is training now to become a somatic therapist. Gavrila uses dance, poetry, mindfulness, and play to invoke exploration.

Yonatan Arnon + - Bio
Location: Jerusalem, Israel Categories: Art, Community Organizing, Dance, Embodiment, Entrepreneurship, Experiential Education, Hebrew Language, Holidays, Improv, Israel, Jewish Values, LGBTQ+, Masculinity, Meditation, Mindfulness, Prayer, Ritual, Sexuality, Shabbat, Storytelling, Theater, Writing, Zionism Retreats: Seeking My Soul's Love; Seeking My Creative Voice

Shalom, my name is Yonatan Arnon.

I am a social entrepreneur, community organizer, educator, dialogue facilitator dancer and rabbinical student.

I hold a M.B.A from the Morton Mandel Social Leadership program and am I lead workshops about Jewish Entrepreneurship, Design thinking, narrative writing, branding & marketing, community organizing. For more information please visit my Linkedin

As an LGBTQ+ activist in Israel I have worked to empower and share my personal coming out of the closet story in order to empower and grant tools for others to feel more comfortable with their sexual identity.

I founded and currently co-direct “Mabad-Mibad” an emerging young adult community of Arabs and Jews from East and West Jerusalem. I worked for the past five years in conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation between Arabs and Jews.

I am also currently a rabbinical student and a Weitzman-JDC Jewish Peoplehood fellow at JIR-HUC.

For the past three years of my rabbinic journey I have integrated my spiritual practice with my years of facilitating movement experiences, founding my signature MoveMeant-Embodying Sacred Texts workshop.

In these workshops we embody Jewish rituals such as Kabbalat Shabbat, Havdalah, Torah Services that integrate movement, live singing (musicians singing in Heb, Eng, Yiddish and more), Jewish texts, and mindfulness practices. We also lead workshops in a variety of uniquely-tailored and time-specific adaptations. Over the past 10 months, we’ve offered over 35 workshops so far to different communities (including Limmud UK, City Shul Toronto, Romemu, JCC Manhattan, BBYO, JNF, Nava Tehila, Lab/Shul, Moishe House PLR & Moishe House Israel and more) all over the globe over zoom.

For more information about MoveMeant please visit our website

Hoping to co-create with you!


Location: Kittery, ME Categories: Art, Dance, Earth-Based Judaism, Embodiment, Experiential Education, Feminism, Food/Drink, Health and Wellness, Holidays, Jewish Values, Kabbalah/Mysticism, Kohenet, Meditation, Mindfulness, Ritual, Shabbat Retreats: Entering the Temple: A Jewish Women's Retreat; The Art of True Belonging

Naomi Azriel Izen is an ordained Hebrew Priestess through Kohenet and the Creative Director of her own Jewish lifestyle design business. Naomi’s biggest passion is in creating beautiful sacred space, tangible and intangible, and she teaches on how to use ritual, aesthetics and Jewish frameworks for welcoming and transformation. Naomi infuses all of her teachings with earth-based Jewish practices and Mysticism. Naomi incorporates Jewish arts practices and Jewish herbalism and loves creating spaces for in-depth and hands-on learning that are well-held and aesthetically pleasing. If you are seeking a retreat that holds participants in a gentle container with deep attention for details, thoughtful and modernized ritual that leaves your participants with a changed sense of self and Jewish Identity then feel free to reach out. Naomi has taught on numerous Moishe House retreats (virtual and in-person) as well as Camp Nai Nai Nai. She has been an educator at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center as well as Hillel Conferences, Hebrew Day Schools and her own curated Jewish retreats and workshops.

Yoni Nadiv + - Bio
Location: Philadelphia, PA Retreats: Baraita: Outdoor Learning

Rabbi Yoni Nadiv is a PhD Candidate at Yale University, where he studies Digital applications to the study of rabbinic texts. Yoni’s pedagogy invites discussion focused study around texts, inviting the group to enter into conversation with ancient and modern sources. He has a passion for making material accessible to learners of all skill levels through skills based learning and modern technological approaches.

Sample lessons include:
-Sex Work in the Torah and Talmud
-Polyamory and Judaism
-The Moral Message of the Prophets
-Who Wrote the Torah?
-Talmud Skills Crash Course
-Forgotten Holidays: What did Shavuot and Shemini Atzeret used to be?
-A Model of Modern Prayer: How Hannah’s Prayer Inspired the Development of Tefillah