Reb Zusha Nachman Kalet’s Biography
A descendant of Rabbi Dov-Ber of Mezerich (1704 – 1772) who was the Talmid of the Bal Shem Tov Yisrael ben Eliezer/The Besht (1700 – 1760) the founder of the Chasidic movement, combining Torah scholarship and Kabbalistic teaching. Reb Zusha is a Talmid of Rebbe Nachman of Breslove (1772 – 1810) who was the Great Grandson of the Bal Shem Tov.
Reb Zusha was born in Binghamton, New York and lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he was a member of the Temple on Peachtree under the direction of Rabbi Rothchild and Rabbi Sugarman. At twenty-one he began leading services, and he was Head of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program and a teacher on the Book of Why for the Adult Education program. In 2007 Reb Zusha moved from Beaufort, South Carolina to Avon, Connecticut and attended P’Nai Or of West Hartford, Connecticut. While in Connecticut he met with Yehezkel Landau who is the Faculty Associate in Inter-faith relations at Hartford Seminary and Mahmoud Ayob, the Faculty Associate of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations as well as Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islam Society of North America to teach Kabbalah to all of the students. He has studied with Rabbi Howard Herman of Emek Shalom of Farmington Valley, Connecticut as well as studied with Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky of Chabad of Glastonbury, Connecticut. He attended and participated at Kabbalah Day in 2010 in Manhattan, NYC, JCC.
In 2011 he moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he was a member of Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) in Brookline, Massachusetts and taught on Kabbalah and Neo-Chasidism under the direction of Reb Moshe Waldoks and Rav Claudia Kreiman. His Rabbis include: Rabbi Hezekiah Jacobson of Chicago, Illinois where he received Smicha, lerabbanut (Rabbinical Ordination). Rav Nasan Maimon in Jerusalem, Israel and the Founder of Breslov Torah. Reb Avraham Greenbaum (Breslov) of the Azamra Institute. Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer (Breslov) in Jerusalem who is the world’s foremost authority on Chassidic philosophy and Jewish Mysticism. Rabbi Dovid Maayan (Breslov) of Etz Chaim in Sharon, Massachusetts who taught Likutey Moharan at The Boston Breslov connection.
Reb Zusha is co-director of Breslove of Charleston along with his wife, Rachel of Breslove of Charleston.
Rachel Kalet’s Biography
Rachel was born in Middletown, Connecticut. She attended St. Olaf College and graduated with a B.A. self-designed major: Through Violence to Peace: A Feminist and Sociological Study. The Para-college was an experimental college based on the Oxford Tutorial method where she gained understanding of structures concerning peace and hate. Her Graduate School was St. Cloud State University where she studied Special Education. She worked at Torah Academy in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She spent five years coordinating higher education degree programs at the Master’s degree and Ph.D. levels at USC-Beaufort.
In 1996 she moved to Beaufort, South Carolina where she met Reb Zusha, and they married in 2000. She is a Co-Director of Breslove of Charleston .