About Rabbi Ted

About Rabbi Ted
Through teaching, counseling, speaking, and ceremony, Rabbi Ted Falcon shares his evolving realization of Consciousness as expressed through the spiritual gifts of Judaism, while also appreciating the treasures of other authentic spiritual wisdoms. With gentleness and humor, he deeply affirms the integrity of each individual being.

Rabbi Ted’s passion has always been the exploration of Consciousness. Beginning in his teens, he was experimenting with hypnosis, deepening his own understanding and sharing inductions with classmates, even helping a friend deal with migraine headaches. Ted’s focus led him later to find reflections of his own experiences in the teachings of Martin Buber which led him to study Jewish sources of Wisdom on his way to becoming a rabbi.

Since early in 2020, Ted has increasingly been part of the Anokhi Institute, working with Tovah Zev, a spiritual teacher ordained in the Essene Tradition, to develop programs supporting greater spiritual Awakening. His association with Tovah has helped him deepen his own teaching as he appreciates more fully the need for more focused spiritual practices for those seriously committed to the journey of Awakening. Tovah Zev’s training in the sacred Hebrew oral Wisdom teachings compliments Rabbi Ted’s understanding of the written texts and has supported a significant deepening of his work.

Rabbi Ted is the author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of LIfe and co-author, with David Blatner, of Judaism For Dummies.

He is co-author, with Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, of Getting to the Heart of Interfaith (2009), Religion Gone Astray (2011), and Finding Peace Through Spiritual Practice (2016).

Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Rabbi Ted served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology, with research focused on the nature of meditative and mystical states of consciousness. Since then, his work has bridged the psychological and the spiritual, encouraging deeper integration for greater freedom of personal action and understanding. In 1978, he founded Makom Ohr Shalom in Los Angeles, one of the first meditative synagogues focusing on the universal spiritual wisdom of the Jewish tradition. In 1993, he began Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Seattle. He left the congregational rabbinate at the end of 2009 and until 2020 had been teaching, speaking, and writing on his own. He is now honored to be associated with the Anokhi Institute, developing programs and teaching with Tovah Zev.