Rabbi Avraham Arieh and Rachel Trugman have thirty-five years of experience in the field of Jewish education. They were a founding family of Moshav Meor Modiim in 1976, where Rabbi Trugman served several years as the Director of the Center of Jewish Education, which successfully ran programs for over 5,000 participants from over 25 countries. In 1988, the Trugmans took the position of Regional Directors of NCSY in Denver, Colorado. The Trugmans returned to Israel in 1995 and are now the Directors of Ohr Chadash: New Horizons in Jewish Experience, a dynamic program they created that has run programs for tens of thousands participants. Their website, you-tube channel, blog, twitter and facebook have gotten hundreds of thousands of visits. The Trugmans have visited over 40 cities world-wide, leading Shabbatons, giving classes, performing music and serving as scholars-in-residence.
Rabbi Trugman has published poems and articles in a wide variety of publications. He has published eight books, Seeds and Sparks, The Mystical Power of Music, The Mystical Meaning of Dreams, The Mystical Nature of Light, Return Again: The Dynamics of Reincarnation, Orchard of Delights (a 670 page commentary of the Chumash), Secrets of the Magen David, and Shivim Panim (in Hebrew). His newest book, Becoming a Master of Time will be available September 2014. He has also released four music discs: Strings of the Soul, World to World, Symphony of the Spirit, and Modeh Ani. His newest music disc – Merkavah – will be released late 2014.
Rachel Trugman, along with her work for Ohr Chadash, is also a family therapist with a private practice and an artist who has published a coloring book with poetry entitled Tales of the Talmud.