Frankel, Estelle 1953–

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Frankel, Estelle 1953–

PERSONAL: Born January 8, 1953, in New York, NY; daughter of Bernard (a wholesale jeweler) and Phyllis (a homemaker; maiden name, Biezonski) Frankel; married Stephen Goldhart (a psychologist), July 11, 1986; children: Miriam Frankel-Peretz, Elan. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Attended Michlalah College for Jewish Studies (Jerusalem, Israel), 1970–78; College of Notre Dame, B.S., 1980; California State University, Hayward, M.S., 1982. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Playing guitar, singing, hiking in natural settings, ocean snorkeling, reading poetry, creating ritual art.

ADDRESSES: Home—902 Curtis St., Albany, CA 94706.

CAREER: Writer and educator. Self-employed psychotherapist in Albany, CA, 1973–. Ordained rabbinic pastor and spiritual guide; teacher in Israel, 1970–78; Lehrhaus Judaica Adult School for Jewish Studies, instructor, 1978–; Chochmat Halev: Wisdom of the Heart Meditation Center, teacher of Jewish mysticism, meditation, and healing, 1994–; chant master; organizer of symposia; public speaker.

MEMBER: Association for Humanistic Psychology, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, East Bay California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness, Shambhala Publications (Boston, MA), 2004.

Work represented in anthologies. Contributor to periodicals, including Tikkun, Responsive Community, Parabola, and Women and Therapy.



Library Journal, February 1, 2004, Stephen Joseph, review of Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness, p. 93.

Publishers Weekly, October 13, 2003, review of Sacred Therapy, p. 74.


Sacred Therapy Web site, (July 26, 2005).

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