Our Founders

MEET OUR FOUNDERS

“I have been inspired by my own need for interactive, collaborative learning and a deeper connection through text study as a spiritual practice with others. Age, health, being non-Ashkenormative, very progressive, in an interfaith marriage, and many other challenges have all continually blocked me from customary Jewish educational teaching and learning opportunities. Seeing a gap between what I need and what was available to me, I decided to create a collaborative community which might also benefit others.”

“No ordinary Rabbi for no ordinary times,” Modern Rabbi Morgan Forrest, M.S., M.A. is a writer, teacher and speaker, rooted deeply in inclusive spirituality, finding meaningful ways to explore core values within this day and time.

Her never ending and ongoing studies in various Jewish topics allows her to be on the cutting edge of the liberatory changes emerging in these days of transformation. She hosts the ZoomCast, “Jewish Wisdom For the Rest of Us.”

Her passions include teaching, helping students learn in fun and enjoyable ways, assisting others in their exploration of a very expansive, emergent liberatory Judaism, knitting, learning, and diving deep into the sea of Talmud as a spiritual practice.

Happily married for 30 years, she shares a home in the midwest with her wife and two adorable four-legged canine companions. Although forced into early retirement and permanently homebound by Ankylosing Spondylitis and Polyarticular Psoriatic Arthritis, Rabbi Morgan has much to bring to the exciting world of online Jewish learning and study.

Kohenet Rev Dr Claudia Hall is the first Kohenet (ordained Jewish priestess) in Missouri. Before coming home to Judaism she was a minister in different Protestant denominations, and she still serves as the PRN or consulting minister for smaller Unitarian Universalist churches in the area.

Her PhD is in transdisciplinary studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with a focus on ethnographic work from various angles, integrating sociology, social psychology and depth psychology. 

Since coming to Judaism her focus has been on expanding the Jewish welcome to include Interfaith families, converts, and others often excluded by traditional expressions of Jewish life. 

Her primary ministry currently is helping families who have received a difficult or even terminal diagnosis for their child, having gone through that horrific experience herself.

When not helping at the children’s hospital, consulting with churches, or working with alternative Jewish groups, she enjoys crafting of many kinds, travel, and spending time with her family tending and restoring a former cattle farm back to native prairie habitat for a variety of species, many of which are threatened or endangered. 

She hosts the podcast “Coffee and Kavannah (holy intention)” and collaborates with Rabbi Morgan on courses here at Holy Sparks!.