Specializes in integrating meditative techniques with experimental practice, spiritual experience and academic research. Dr. Ophir received his MA and PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he served as Rabbi of the campus from 1982-1998. He graduated Yeshiva University in 1974 and studied 7 years at yeshivat Mercaz Harav Kook, where he received Rabbinical Ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Israel. He is the founder of the Jewish Meditation Institute Jerusalem and has published widely about coparative meditative techniques in light of neuropsychology.
Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, M.D. Director of Medical Spirituality. Jewish Biography MD, MD(H), DD, attended Columbia Physicians and Surgeons Medical School in NYC and has practiced psychiatry and holistic, integrative medicine for over 40 years, both abroad and at his holistic, organic-veganic farming, eco-kosher, spiritual Tree of Life Center US in Patagonia, AZ. As part of his humanitarian work, his Tree of Life Foundation has established diabetes prevention programs throughout the world. He is rabbi of Congregation (Kehilat) Etz Chaim, located on Tree of Life Foundation grounds. A student of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, for whom he also acted as personal physician, Rabbi Cousens began and completed his studies for the rabbinate under the tutelage of Rabbi Gershon Winkler. He is the author of 11 books including Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment.