Hi, I am Rabbi Matthew Ponak
I teach Jewish mysticism to help people connect with their innate wisdom, calm, and strength.
Jewish Mysticism for All People
Touching Infinity with your feet planted in everyday, ordinary reality: this is the goal of Jewish mysticism. In this transformational work, Matthew Ponak brings forward essential teachings of Kabbalah and places them side-by-side with profound inspirations from our era and the world’s great wisdom traditions.
Are you feeling called to a journey of embodied transformation? Through one-on-one teaching, guidance and live speaking events, I help people of any background reconnect with their innate wisdom, in a grounded and emotionally balanced way.
Matthew is a wonderful teacher who makes class accessible to students of all kinds from any religious or non-religious background. He injects humor and stories into his teachings to keep everyone engaged, but is able to communicate a powerful message. I highly recommend taking any class that speaks to you!~Kim Varieka of Varieka Personal Training and Yoga
Matthew Ponak is the Norman Blake of nigunim (wordless Jewish melodies). Ponak’s music isn’t flashy – it’s real, and beautiful.~Joey Weisenberg, Creative Director of Mechon Hadar’s Rising Song Institute
Matthew’s evolving vision of an evolving Judaism steps beyond the limits of a supposed Jewish essentialism, shatters the imposed conformity of an imagined Jewish continuity, and allows the iconoclastic daring of Jewish creativity to reinvent who is and what it means to be a Jew in the 21st century.~Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Judaism Without Tribalism