Rabbi Naomi Levy, founder and spiritual leader of Nashuva, is a unique and passionate voice in the contemporary Jewish world
Through Nashuva, Naomi Levy has been involved in drawing hundreds of disaffected Jews back to a Judaism that is soulful, committed to social justice, meaningful, relevant and fun. The Jewish Forward just listed Rabbi Levy as one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders in the nation. Naomi attended Cornell University where she graduated Phi…
Through Nashuva, Naomi Levy has been involved in drawing hundreds of disaffected Jews back to a Judaism that is soulful, committed to social justice, meaningful, relevant and fun. The Jewish Forward just listed Rabbi Levy as one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders in the nation. Naomi attended Cornell University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
She was in the first class of women to enter The Jewish Theological Seminary’s rabbinical school. At the seminary, Naomi received honors as outstanding underclass student of Talmud and outstanding underclass rabbinical student. She became the first female Conservative rabbi to head a pulpit on the West Coast.
She helped revive Congregation Mishkon Tephilo and transform it into a center of life and learning. Naomi left her pulpit to begin work on her book, To Begin Again, (Knopf) which became a national bestseller. Naomi has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and on Oprah, and has been featured in Parade, Redbook, Self, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and Los Angeles magazines. Naomi serves on the faculties of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Academy of Jewish Religion.
She lectures widely on the topics of the strength of the human spirit, revitalizing faith, spirituality, healing and prayer. Naomi’s second book, Talking to God, (Knopf) teaches us how prayer can transform all our days. Naomi has been keynote speaker at the Harvard School of Public Health on healing the violence in our society.
She has been a repeat keynote speaker for the American Cancer Society on the issue of healing and resiliency. Naomi has also been keynote speaker to rabbis and cantors both Reform and Conservative on the issue of revitalizing synagogue life, prayer, sermons and ritual. Naomi was chosen by her movement to teach Conservative rabbis nationwide how to breathe life into the High Holidays.
Naomi was selected by the Los Angeles Times Outlook as one of the 100 most influential people in LA. Her writings and prayers have been excerpted by numerous organizations including the American Jewish World Service, which recently distributed her Prayer for Overcoming Indifference encouraging people to recite it at their Passover Seders. Naomi has served on the boards of the Rabbinical Assembly (Pacific Southwest Region), Westside Interfaith Council, The National Conference for Community and Justice (LA Chapter), and The Publications Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Levy lives in Venice Beach, California with her husband, Robert Eshman, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and their children Adin and Noa. The Following is a List of Lecture Topics: Finding Stability When Life Seems to be Spinning Out of Control Women’s Spiritual Journeys Prayer and Healing: How prayer can help mend our bodies and souls Talking to God: Personal Prayer and Reaching God The Power and Comfort of Memory The importance of prayer for our bodies, our souls and for our world Prayer and Work: how prayer can infuse our work days with meaning, passion, courage and creativity Prayer Works: How prayer can help mend our souls and our society You Are a Spring: How do we realize our enormous god-given potential? Mentors in Unlikely Places: Learning from all people Saving God’s Life: Becoming God’s Partners Life Under Construction: Learning How To Begin Again
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
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The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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A Conversation With Naomi Levy
Rabbi Naomi Levy on "Talking to G-d"
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