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Who is Rabbi David Ingber?


"What we need is a living, breathing Judaism, not an object of veneration kept locked up in a box. We need a Judaism with calluses on its hands and dirt under its fingernails." -Rabbi David Ingber

Rabbi David Ingber is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu. All his life David dreamed of creating a Jewish place where anyone of any background or denomination could come and pray in an integrated way, exercising one‘s body, mind and soul. Romemu was created in 2006 and now offers Shabbat and holiday services infused with meditation and yoga, as well as a myriad of community groups, teachings, and events.

David is also a sought after national and international leader and educator. His unique, open-hearted and embodied approach to Jewish teaching has taken him from lecturing all along the East Coast, to communities in London, Jerusalem, Aspen, and Montreal. David has taught at such institutions as the Jewish Theological Seminary, Academy for Jewish Religion, Pardes and The Skirball Center. David also sits on the Synagogue 3000 leadership team.

David studied Philosophy and Psychology at NYU, and has learned at a wide range of yeshivot in Jerusalem and New York, from the ultra-orthodox Yeshivat Chaim Berlin, through to modern orthodox institutions including Beit Midrash leTorah and Yeshivat Chovovei Torah. David received his smicha from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 2004. He then served as the Rabbi in Residence at Elat Chayyim Retreat Center for 2 years.

David's approach to learning is informed by a similarly wide range of world-views. He is illuminated by Jewish mysticism and Hassidut, and fascinated by the intersection of these ideas with those of other Western and Eastern philosophies. Particular influences include Kabbalist Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, psychologist Carl Jung, integral philosopher Ken Wilber, Kabbalist & founder of Hassidut the Baal Shem Tov and the Ishbitzer Rebbe.

David spent 10 years studying other sacred traditions in the healing arts including Yoga, Shiatsu, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Kung Fu, and Chen school Tai Chi. He is a certified Astrologer who weaves this ancient wisdom into his work.

Rabbi David promotes a renewed Jewish emphasis on meditative practices and is working for the integration of sacred body practices into mainstream Judaism.

Major influences on David‘s teachings include Rav Moshe Weinberger, David Goshen, and Rav DovBer Pinson.

Rabbi David has appeared on Integral Naked:

An Integral Approach to Judaism.  Part 2.  The Faces of Jehovah.11/19/2008
An Integral Approach to Judaism.  Part 1.  The Tip of the Dreidel.10/29/2008

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