Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

Haviva Ner-David is a writer and rabbi. In 2006 she became the first woman to publicly receive Orthodox rabbinic ordination, only to leave Orthodoxy and call herself a post-denominational rabbi. Ten years later, she received interfaith ordination from the One Spirit Interfaith-Interspiritual Seminary and now goes by post-denominational inter-spiritual rabbi.

She writes both fiction and non-fiction and is the author of three spiritual journey memoirs, a novel, short stories, essays, a blog on Times of Israel, scholarly articles and a guidebook for engaged couples. Her short story, “Blame,” won the 2016 Lilith Magazine short fiction contest.
Link to short story.

Her rabbinic specialties are spiritual companionship, water immersion rituals, wedding and marriage preparation, coming of age ceremonies and other ritual and ceremony creation and innovation. Founding rabbi of Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Soul on Kibbutz Hannaton in the Lower Galilee, she officiates and helps create on-site personalized immersion ritual ceremonies and facilitates group mikveh workshops. As a spiritual companion, she works with individuals and couples and specializes in *dreamwork, inner child work and nature soul work, as well as general sacred listening.

*What is dreamwork?

Dreamwork is not the interpretation of dreams, but rather the practice of re-entering the dream so that the message/s of the dream become clear. The underlying assumption of the type of dreamwork Rabbi Haviva practices, which is based on Gestalt and Jungian therapy, is that the dream belongs to the dreamer, and therefore only they can understand the dream’s message/s. In our dreams, feelings come to the surface that we might not allow to do so in our waking lives including anxieties and fears — and these feelings deserve attention. But our dreams also contain other voices that carry buried wisdom. In Dreamwork, we let all of these voices speak by embodying the dream elements. Through working the dream, we hear the soul’s message to the dreamer. Or, the dreamer’s message (buried in the unconscious) to themself. As Rabbi Hisda in the Talmud says: “A dream unexamined is like a letter unread.”


Photo credit: Carmel Avivi

Spiritual Companionship

Ordained as both a rabbi and an interfaith minister, Haviva is also a certified spiritual companion with special training in dreamwork, inner child work and nature soul work. A strong believer in following the heart and living from the soul to create one’s unique spiritual journey, Haviva works with individuals and couples, including but not only many rabbis and rabbinical students.


Haviva is the founding rabbi of Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Soul on Kibbutz Hannaton, where she officiates and helps clients create individualized full body ritual immersion ceremonies and facilitates group workshops. Shmaya is the only mikveh (ritual immersion pool) in Israel open to everyone to immerse when and as they choose.


Rabbi Haviva is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her books include two published spiritual journey memoirs and one on the way, a book to help prepare couples for their marriage and wedding, and one novel.

Life on the fringes
Jonah and the Mikveh Fish