On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Address interviews Rabbi Abby Michaleski and Kohenet Ma’ayana Tishman, founders of RAPHA, The Center for Healing and Spirituality. RAPHA offers experiential teachings in Torah and Jewish tradition that encourage personal and spiritual growth, and a Jewish context for addressing addiction issues with a licensed addictions counselor. In addition to events at its site in Cherry Hill, RAPHA works in conjunction with Jewish synagogues, agencies, and groups to deliver specialized, onsite programs directed at the needs and interests of each group.
About the Guests
Rabbi Abby Michaleski is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El of Hammonton, NJ and a Licensed Addictions Specialist. She integrates her 30 years as a therapist with her rabbinate to bring an inspired, inclusive, and creative Judaism to seekers of all backgrounds. Her love for Judaism as a dynamic and spiritually grounded tradition provides the foundation of healing, comfort, and joyful connections found at RAPHA.
Kohenet Ma’ayana Tishman received private ordination as Morat Shechinah b’Yisrael (Teacher of the Divine Feminine in Israel) in 2009, and smicha (ordination) from the Kohenet Institute in 2011. She is a social work, public speaker and spiritual leader. Kohenet Ma’ayana is passionate about guiding people to find deeper understanding of Jewish traditions and rituals, about uncovering the Divine Feminine presence in Judaism, and bringing forward the stories of women that have been hidden or ignored for so long in Jewish tradition