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Maggid Jhos Singer

Maggid Jhos Singer is an experienced Jewish educator, community and congregational leader, Jewish meditation teacher, a gifted writer and preacher. As an out trans man, Jhos is deeply committed to recognizing the holy in each human he encounters. Jhos seamlessly engages his students in conversation about Jewish spirit, text, story, tradition and being. He received smicha from Rabbi Gershon Winkler in 2002 as a Maggid – literally “one who tells.” The title of Maggid was used in the early Chassidic movement to describe a person of learning who was skilled in storytelling, preaching, counseling, teaching and singing. He is a graduate of Chochamt HaLev’s 3-year Jewish Meditation teacher training where he studied with a wide range of sages, including R. Jonathan Omer-Man, z”l, R. Steve Fisdell, z”l, Dr. Nan Gefen, Dr. Avram Davis, R. Shefa Gold, and R. Gershon Winkler. He is a rogue scholar: on the one hand, he holds a BA in Music from UCLA and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union—and on the other, he also finds as much wisdom in pop culture, mixology, home gardening, or taking in a fine afternoon with friends and family. His love for Torah is infectious, whether in a raucous Beit Midrash, or in silent contemplation.