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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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From "The Sabbath" by Adam Geller (click picture for entire portrait)
Moshe T. Heyn   (a.k.a. "Rabbi Tom")

Moshe Thomas Heyn is a rabbi, musician and activist whose spiritual philosophy is closely aligned with Neo-Hasidism.  Born and raised in Baltimore, he received his musical training at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He later earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Master's degree and Rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

He emerged in Cincinnati in the late 1990s as a respected rabbi, spiritual teacher and proponent of what he calls "integral kabbalah." In addition to founding and directing the Jewish Spirituality Network of Southwestern Ohio, Rabbi Heyn served as rabbi, music director, educator and chaplain for numerous institutions including Cedar VillageRockwern Academy, Congregation Beth AdamCongregation Ohav Shalom and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  He was awarded by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati for outstanding community service as a skillful teacher, pastoral care professional, and life-cycle officiant.

In 2010, Rabbi Heyn moved to Vermont to serve Congregation Shir Heharim (Song of the Mountains), Beacon Hospice  and Bayada Hospice, and to engage in extended periods of hitbonenut and devekut. In 2012, he was called to serve Temple Israel of Greater Miami. He is the proud father of three boys.

Rabbi Heyn has been a popular lecturer and scholar-in-residence at synagogues, churches, and retreat centers.  As a musician, he has performed around the country as a soloist, with his band MAMASH, and as one of Cincinnati's Three Jewish Tenors.

Over the years, Rabbi Heyn has met and been influenced by teachers as diverse and renowned as the Dalai Lama, the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Ken Wilber.  He spent a decade studying and practicing Eastern approaches to spirituality in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He then spent two decades studying and practicing kabbalah under the supervision of rabbis and scholars such as Professor Moshe Idel, Rabbi Arthur Green and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

The "integral kabbalah" Rabbi Heyn teaches is a fully-developed synthesis of kabbalah and integral spirituality.

Officiant of choice - For a list of ceremonies performed, click on photo.
For a list of ceremonies performed, click on photo.

Officiant of choice

Rabbi Tom is the officiant of choice for people of all backgrounds and faith traditions, both religious and secular .  His congregation without walls includes the largest and fastest growing segment of the community - unaffiliated and intermarried families.  Rabbi Tom works with:

Jewish, Non-Jewish & Interfaith Couples: for all types of weddings and commitment ceremonies

Families: brises & babynamings, bar/bat miztvah ceremonies, funerals & memorial services

Individuals: Bar/Bat Mitzvah and conversion preparation, pastoral care visits, spiritual direction

Congregations: concerts, programs, Divrei Torah, weekend programs, and retreats

Read what others are saying about "Rabbi Tom"

The Sun Sentinel, Miami, FL (10/12/12)  Reaching for the fourth level of life
The Miami Herald, Miami, FL (07/21/12)  Temple Israel finds a new spiritual leader in Rabbi Tom Heyn
Brattleboro Reformer, Brattleboro, VT (07/31/10)  BAJC welcomes Tom Heyn as new rabbi
The American Israelite, Cincinnati, OH (05/27/10)  Announcements - Goodbye
David's Voice, CIncinnati, OH (05/06/09)  Shavuot Presents Time for Spiritual Reflection
The American Israelite, Cincinnati, OH (10/04/07)  Selichot Services at Congregation B'nai Tzedek - pages 1, 2, 3
David's Voice, Cincinnati, OH (08/09/07)  Ask the Rabbi: Should My Fiance Convert?
The American Israelite, Cincinnati, OH (04/26/07)   Rabbi Heyn broadens commitment...
The Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH (02/15/07)   Rabbi Sledding...
The Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH (12/16/06)   Rabbi Spreading...
The Jewish Week, Westchester County, NY (12/14/06)   A Great Miracle is Happening Here
The American Israelite, Cincinnati, OH (12/14/06)  Humanistic Rabbi Shines a New Light on Hanukkah

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