Committed to the path of awakeningborder
Naomi was ordained by Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal in 2003. She also received a private contemplative ordination from Rabbi David Cooper in recognition of both her rabbinic studies and intensive meditation training under his guidance.
Her primary rabbinic mentors were, in addition to David Cooper, Miles Krassen (hasidut), Elliot Ginsburg, (kabbalah), Arthur Waskow (tikkun olam) and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l (Jewish Renewal thought and practice).
She has been immersed in Jewish contemplative and meditative practices for nearly two decades and has been teaching them since 2003. Her teachers include Sylvia Boorstein, Rabbi David Cooper, Shoshana Cooper, Rabbi Miles Krassen, Rabbi Jeff Roth, and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. In 2008, Rabbi David Cooper recognized her as a successor in his teaching lineage.
In 2000, Naomi was called by Roshi Bernie Glassman to serve as rabbi for the Zen Peacemaker Order’s Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat and by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l to serve as his emissary to the Carmelite nuns of the controversial convent near Auschwitz. She returned as retreat rabbi in 2001, shortly after the tragic events of 9/11 and again in 2002.
Her publications include Biblical Women in the Midrash: A Sourcebook (Jason Aronson, 1997), co-editor of Trees, Earth and Torah: A Tu B’Shvat Anthology (Jewish Publication Society, 1999) and Naomi was also a contributor to Which Lilith: Feminist Writers Recreate the World’s First Woman (Jason Aronson, 1998) and Torah of the Earth, Volume 2 (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000).