Jay Michaelson founded Nehirim in 2004, and was its executive director until 2013. Today, he is a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast and the Forward, and, in his other career, a teacher of meditation in Jewish Renewal and Theravadan Buddhist lineages. Jayholds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University; a J.D. from Yale Law School; and nondenominational rabbinic ordination. His six books include Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism and God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Amazon bestseller.