The Fox Institute welcomes two new Board members

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality announces the addition of two members to its Board of Directors and is excited to welcome their wisdom and wealth of experience.

Rabbi Nadya Gross

Rabbi Nadya Gross, is a congregational rabbi, spiritual director and teacher. She and her husband, Rabbi Victor Gross, serve a Jewish Renewal congregation, Pardes Levavot, in Boulder. The congregation shares space, study, occasional worship and good works in the community with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. This has been a living laboratory for the practice of Deep Ecumenism – a concept first articulated by Rev. Matthew Fox and developed by her teacher, and founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

Nadya & Victor recently co-founded Yerusha (Heb: legacy - www.yerusha.org), a project devoted to creating and supporting programs inspired by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s legacy that will carry his vision forward into the future.

Nadya is the Director of Spiritual Direction and Development for the ALEPH Seminary and Director of Hashpa’ah: Training Program for Jewish Spiritual Directors (https://aleph.org/hashpa-ah-training-program-for-jewish-spiritual-directors).

Trained in the Jewish mystical tradition by her grandmother, she transmits the teachings in a two-year wisdom school: Secrets My Grandmother Told Me (http://yerusha.org/secrets-my-grandmother-told-me-a-wisdom-school/).

Dr. Bernard Amadei

Bernard Amadei is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, founder of Engineers Without Borders (USA), and former director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of several awards.

A firm belief in the principle that engineers must hold the public welfare paramount, or above any other responsibility, led Amadei to reconsider his involvement in a hydroelectric plant project in Costa Rica in 2002. He thought that this project would displace too many local residents and violate the principle of "do no harm." This realization came along about two years after his first experience with a humanitarian engineering project in Belize.

The project in Belize led Amadei and students to create a volunteer organization that could enable engineers to donate their services in this manner. Engineers Without Borders -USA was created as not-for profit organization in 2001. Since then, Engineers Without Borders-USA has grown to 17,000 members in 300 student and professional chapters. Humanitarian aid has been provided in 48 countries, benefiting more than 2.5 million people.