Yehudit Goldfarb is a writer, photographer, storyteller, healer, spiritual guide, and teacher of literature, movement, and mysticism. She co-founded the Aquarian Minyan in 1974 and has served the community in various capacities, including program planner, coordinator, spiritual leader, and director of numerous Joys of Jewishing Summer Encampments.
Yehudit and her husband Revuen currently reside in Tzfat, Israel, where they co-direct Bayt Maor HaLev Center for Movement, Healing, and Language Arts. Before they left the Bay Area, they had published eleven issues of the illustrated Jewish literary magazine Agada, for which Yehudit was the Associate Editor. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Victoria, smicha from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as Morataynu, “Our Teacher,” and has also been honored as an Eshet Hazon, “Woman of Vision,” by the Jewish Renewal community for her inspirational work in enlivening traditional Jewish forms with renewed spiritual content, and, in particular, for her integrative form of moving meditation called Otiyot Hayyot (“Living Letters,” see www.otiyot.com), which is based on the shapes of the Hebrew letters and is rooted in the teachings of Kabbalah.
During this past year Yehudit has been organizing her stories and poems into limited edition collections, including Tree of Life Tales: A Collection of Stories for Hanukkah (see www.yehuditgoldfarb.blogspot.com) and A Tale of Two Torahs, a collection of stories based on the experiences of and with the two Aquarian Minyan Torahs. One of the stories from her Hanukkah collection was selected for publication in New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family, edited by Rabbi Goldie Milgram and Ellen Frankel.