About the Author


Ruchi Koval

Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and Associate Director of Congregation JFX, an innovative Kiruv community in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a Jewish educator for two decades, leading self-development groups for adults and teens, and mentoring educators around the world. Ruchi is a certified parenting coach, motivational speaker, musician, author, and mother. She is a Trip Leader for Momentum, inspiring hundreds of women on their journeys in Israel. She is also a columnist for the Cleveland Jewish News, and her first book, "Conversations with G-d," was released in 2016, with a second book on the way. Find Ruchi on Facebook and Instagram; her blog at outoftheorthobox.com; and her podcast on iTunes or Spotify.


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