Contributors (A→Z)

The Open Siddur Project is a volunteer-driven collaboration between folk passionate about Jewish spiritual practice. Some are interested in the Siddur as a technology for preserving and disseminating an evolving history of Jewish ritual, practice, and sacred poetry. Others are energized by the design challenge of crafting Siddurim that function effectively for nurturing spiritual, emotional and creative intelligence. All of us see the potential that creative engagement holds for empowering students and teachers to take ownership of those ingredients comprising their shared cultural inheritance.

The Open Siddur is a non-prescriptive, non-denominational project whose only intent is to help revitalize Judaism by ensuring its collective spiritual resources — the creative content intended for communal use — remain free for creative reuse. The Open Siddur Project invites participation without prejudice towards ethnic heritage, skin color, nationality, belief or non-belief, sex, gender, sexuality or any other consideration. All we ask for is an intellectually honest commitment to the principles and sensibilities preserved in our mission statement.

Yosef (Giuseppe) Naḥmuli (also, Nachmuli, Nakamuli; 1821-1886) was a journalist, educator, and lawyer. A leading figure of the Sepharadi community of Corfu, Greece, he was a member of the committee of the Alliance Israelite Universelle. He published several books for teaching languages (Greek, Italian and French) to young Sephardim and in 1861 founded the bilingual newspaper, Israelite Chronica / Cronaca Israelite in Greek and Italian, which was published until 1863.
Yisrael ben Mosheh Najara (Hebrew: ישראל בן משה נאג'ארה; Arabic: إسرائيل بن موسى النجارة‎, Isra'il bin Musa al-Najara; c. 1555, Safed, Ottoman Empire – c. 1625, Gaza, Ottoman Empire) was a prolific Jewish liturgical poet, preacher, Biblical commentator, kabbalist, and rabbi of Gaza.
Mara Nathan
Rabbi Mara Nathan of Temple Beth–El, San Antonio, Texas, is the first woman to serve as senior rabbi of a major congregation in the State of Texas (having served since July 2014). Rabbi Nathan was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2000. She was a recipient of the Steinhardt Fellowship; a scholarship awarded to rabbinical students to further informal education with teens and college age students, and received academic awards for Hebrew, History and Talmudic studies. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in history as well as certificates in Jewish studies and women's studies from Northwestern University in 1993. As a high school student, she studied flute at the Juilliard Conservatory Pre-college Program. Her extensive musical training and experience enables her to incorporate her voice, flute and guitar into her service leading and other programs. Prior to Temple Beth-El, Rabbi Nathan served as the Associate Rabbi and Director of Congregational Learning at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, NY, where she worked in various capacities from 1994-2014. During her almost twenty years of service at Larchmont Temple, she played an instrumental role in all aspects of congregational life including spiritual worship, ritual, and lifelong learning. Rabbi Nathan has served on the board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and is a member of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She is also a past president of the Westchester Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Nathan has served on the faculty of URJ’s Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas and Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
David Nelson (translation)
Rabbi David W. Nelson has taught in a wide range of venues, and, following the 2005 publication of his Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World, has focused increasingly on issues of science and religion. BA from Wesleyan University, Master' Degree and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, PhD from New York University. His rabbinic experience has included five years in a small congregation, fifteen years at CLAL, a think-tank and center for leadership education, five years in a community center, and three years as the primary writer and teacher for the Reform Movement's Israel organization. was created by Rabbi David Seidenberg to help folks integrate Chasidic song, learning, and nusach into their davenning and communities and to explore embodied Torah. It evolved to focus on eco-Torah and to share liturgy that honors our relationship with the Earth and/or expresses gender parity.
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David
Rabbi Dr. Haviva Ner-David is the Director of Shmaya: A Ritual and Educational Mikveh, and the founding director of Reut: The Center for Modern Jewish Marriage. She has also written Chanah’s Voice: A Rabbi Wrestles with Gender, Commandment, and the Women’s Rituals of Baking, Bathing, and Brightening (2013, Ben Yehudah Press). In 2006, Rabi Ner-David was was given semicha by Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Strikovsky of Tel-Aviv. In 2000 she wrote a book documenting her journey and aspirations as a female rabbi entitled, Life on the Fringes: A Feminist Journey Toward Traditional Rabbinic Ordination. She lives on Kibbutz Ḥannaton in northern Israel with her husband and seven children.
Ruth Nevo (translation)
Ruth Nevo (1924- in Johannesburg, S.A.) Israeli professor of humanities, has been a member of the Israel Academy since 1985.
Ora Nitkin-Kaner
Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner serves Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation. She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. After earning a BA and an MA from the Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, she moved to New Orleans in 2008. There, she served as an Avodah fellow at Resurrection After Exoneration, an organization founded by death-row exoneree John Thompson (z”l) to help other wrongfully convicted men following their release from prison. While pursuing ordination at Philadelphia’s Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Ora interned in every area of rabbinic work, including congregations, campuses, adult and youth education, community organizing, and chaplaincy. Rabbi Ora was ordained by RRC in June 2016, and spent the following year working as an oncology chaplain at New Orleans’ East Jefferson General Hospital. Rabbi Ora began her tenure at Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation on September 1, 2017.
Nurit Novis
Nurit Novis-Deutsch is a senior lecturer at the department of Learning, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Haifa. She is a psychologist of religion, values, morality and identity, and her research focuses on interactions between the personal and cultural domains. Her methods combine qualitative, quantitative and theoretical scholarship. Some of her topics of research and publication include the development of both/and reasoning and its relation to religiosity, domain-related pluralistic thinking, ultra-Orthodox Jews in higher education, contemporary religious subjectivities of young adults globally (the YARG project), God concepts among children and adults, Holocaust memory and education in relation to national social role heritage, and more.
Shlomit Nulman
Shlomit Nulman is a special education teacher in Israel. She loves teaching Tanakh to her students and bring the sources to modern life and help bring out enjoyment of these texts, regardless of religion and beliefs. As an educator, she helps to mediate texts and ideas with her students and in general to help all people who want to learn.

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