Rabbi David Zeller is an internationally known singer, teacher and counselor. He was a pioneer in Jewish spirituality, meditation and transpersonal psychology, and a director of Shevet: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation, at Yakar, in Jerusalem. Living in Israel, heartspace between East and West, David wove together heart and mind, inner and outer, spiritual and material, theoretical and experiential, orthodox and pluralistic into a colorful and creative fabric.
In Israel, David had led weekend retreats in Jewish Meditation. He was also founder of "Shirat Shlomo", better known as "The Happy Minyan", in Efrat, where people come to pray with joyous singing and dancing in the style of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Throughout the years he taught in various religious programs, including: The Israel Center, IsraLight, Shuva, Bruria, WUJS, Ascent and Livnot, and in alternative health programs and conferences such as Reidman Center for Complimentary Medicine, alternative health, yoga and meditation groups, concerts and festivals. He was on the board of the San Francisco Federation in Israel. He also did private counseling and consulting. During his Last two years he worked in various spiritual care (chaplaincy) programs.
In North America, in the psychological/spiritual community, he had led workshops since 1972 in New York at the Open Center and Omega Institute, Boston's Interface, Associations of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, American Psychological Association, at various Jungian institutes, Yoga centers, Sufi conferences, inter-faith gatherings and universities throughout the continent. In the Jewish world, he had taught at Federations, JCC's, Hillel's, synagogues of all denominations, for Etz Chaim in Baltimore; Aish HaTorah in Detroit; the Chabad Renaissance Fair in New Jersey; Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley; Metivta and the Academy for Jewish Religion, in Los Angeles; and the Carlebach Shul, Bnei Jeshurun and Elat Chayyim in New York. He connected regularly with many Jewish Renewal Communities and new Happy Minyans in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder, Boston, Miami, New York and more, and with private groups in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
In Europe, David had been guest teacher/rabbi at Yakar in London; at Limmud, the largest annual Jewish Educational Conference in Europe (held in England); at Sufi and Taoist gatherings in Switzerland; and Jewish Communities in Graz.
Former associate director and professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology from 1975 (an accredited doctoral program in California); he founded the Network of Conscious Judaism in 1980, for the integration and dissemination of Jewish teachings and practices in psychology, mysticism and meditation. He was a student of R' Shlomo Carlebach and of Reb Gedaliah Kenig of Breslov.
David produced cassette tapes and CDs of healing, relaxing, and meditative songs: Path of the Heart, Ruach, Let Go, Goodnight My Sweetest Children, and Aliveness. He has several teaching tapes on Jewish mysticism, and meditation, as well as 2 teaching tape sets: The Tree of Life, and the Stories of Rebbe Nachman.
David wrote a book describing his meetings with remarkable people and spiritual teachers around the globe, which has been translated into Hebrew as well, in 2008.
On May 25th, 2007 (8th of Sivan 5767) Rabbi David Zeller passed away, after battling a rare blood disorder for about a year.