Rabbi David Lazar
Rabbi David Lazar has been a spiritual leader and social activist in Israel, Sweden and the United States for over 30 years. He has led the way as an effective rabbinic supporter of LGBTQ causes as well as interfaith study and prayer. In Israel, he founded and directed RIKMA, an organization devoted to Spiritual Community Leadership Training, served congregations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and was the rabbinic chaplain for the Israel AIDS Task Force.
His interest in Jewish Folk Art is documented on-line at .
He is the founding rabbi of Or Hamidbar – Light in the Desert, a non-profit organization in Palm Springs devoted to a spiritual Jewish approach to prayer, study and social justice.
David has been married to Sascha for almost 40 years. They are parents to 5 and grandparent to 6.
His email is
Rabbi Emerita Malka Drucker
Rabbi Malka Drucker is a writer for over thirty five years and a rabbi for 18. She is a mother of 2 sons, a grandmother of four.
She has written 23 books, including the Southwest PEN award winner, White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America, and Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust. Her children’s book, Jewish American Heroes, won the New Mexico Book Prize. She is also the author of The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays, Jacob’s Rescue, Frida Kahlo, and other books for young people.
Ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Rabbi Drucker, the founding spiritual leader of HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is their rabbi emerita. In 2016 she returned to the home she has owned in Idyllwild for forty years, and served as the rabbi of Temple Har Shalom in Idyllwild for four years .
In July of 2020, she became Rabbi Emerita of THS.
Her web site is: www.malkadrucker.com.
Our Board Members:
Board President Pat Schnetzer
Past President Barry Zander
Treasurer Susan Barnett
Recording Secretary Muriel Balian
Corresponding Secretary Karin Greenwood
Food & Beverage Diane Polakoff