Dr. Marianna Ruah-Midbar (Ph.D.) is head of the bachelor’s degree Program of Mysticismand Spirituality Studies (being established) at Zefat Academic College. She is also a lecturer at the University of Haifa. Ruah-Midbar is studying the variety of contemporary alternative spiritualities: New Age culture, its interaction with Judaism and Israeliness, Cyberspace spirituality, Alternative medicine and healing, Feministic Spirituality, etc.
Ruah-Midbar’s dissertation (2006) was about “The New Age Culture in Israel” and contained a methodological introduction as well as a model of “the conceptual network.”
In addition to her academic activity, Marianna writes curricula and trains Jewish Studies teachers, and is a facilitator of alternative Jewish lifecycle rituals and events. She also maintains a blog in Hebrew that can be found here.
Email: m.ruahmidbar at gmail.com