Biography: Zvi Zavidowsky, Director, Nefesh Haya School
Zvi Zavidowsky has a B.A. degree in Religious Studies. His background includes studies of religions, philosophy, meditation, martial arts, naturopathic medicine, and music. He began to practice Zen meditation at age 15, followed by immersion in the teachings of Gurdjieff and the Sufis for 20 years. He began to live his Judaism in 1985, eventually coming to Israel to learn and work. He returned to the U.S. in 1989 where he continued studying the teachings of Rabbi Nachman, and was initiated into the practice of Jewish meditation and Ophanim. He started to teach this meditation in 1991 and is currently the director and head teacher of the Nefesh Haya School of Prophetic Jewish Meditation and Ophanim. Since 1996 he has taught workshops on Ophanim and Jewish meditation throughout the US and Canada, including training teachers. He spoke on these subjects at two conferences on Jewish meditation at UCLA Hillel and Metivta in Los Angeles, CA in 1998. He moved to Jerusalem in 1999 to continue learning and teaching. His interest in Israel is in bringing these techniques to the religious community to be able to integrate the service of God with physical well-being, and to the non-orthodox or non-religious who seek to know the treasures of Jewish meditation integrated with the body. He is featured in an article on Jewish Healing practices in Hadasah Magazine (July, 1999) by Judith Feiner.
You can CONTACT Zvi through the website or directly at:
Zvi Zavidowsky at Nefesh Haya (“living soul/breath”) School of Ophanim and Jewish Prophetic Meditation, Moshav Beit Meir #4, Israel 90865 972-2-579-5587 (Israel) 972-66-392-638 cell phone (good in Israel and the US)