Estelle Frankel is a practicing psychotherapist and a seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism and meditation. She was ordained as a rabbinic pastor and spiritual guide (mashpiah ruchanit) by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and is one of the spiritual leaders of her local Jewish Renewal community. Estelle has taught widely in the United States and in Israel, where she lived for over eight years, and is currently on the core faculty of Chochmat Halev: Wisdom of the Heart Meditation Center. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two children.
Books & Audio
Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty
For most of us the unknown is both friend and foe. At times it can be a source of paralyzing fear and uncertainty, and at other times it can be a starting point for adventure, creativity, and transformation. How we… Read More
Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness
In Sacred Therapy Estelle Frankel travels to the heart of Jewish mysticism to reveal how people of any faith can draw upon this rich body of teachings to gain wisdom, clarity, and a deeper sense of meaning in the… Read More
About the Author
Estelle Frankel is a practicing psychotherapist, spiritual adviser, and seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism who blends depth psychology with the wisdom and healing practices of Kabbalah. She has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the United States for over thirty-five years and was ordained as a rabbinic pastor and spiritual guide by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, one of the major founders of the Jewish Renewal movement.
While living in Israel from 1970 to 1978, Frankel attended Machon Gold & Michlalah College for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and taught at several prominent yeshivas. She is currently on the teaching faculty of Chochmat HaLev, where she teaches Jewish mysticism, meditation, and healing, and offers group spiritual guidance. Frankel has also been an instructor at Lehrhaus Judaica Adult School for Jewish Studies since 1978 and is a certified provider of continuing education for therapists, offering courses in "Kabbalah as Sacred Psychology" and "Judaism and Positive Psychology." A popular public speaker, she has been hosted by many institutions, including the Cape Cod Institute, American Jewish University, the Academy of Jewish Religion, and Naropa University, Oakland.
Her essays have been published in Parabola magazine, Tikkun magazine, Women and Therapy: A Quarterly Journal, and The Responsive Community, as well as in several professional and literary anthologies.