Friday, February 12, 2010

Hebrew Priestess Training Institute Taking Applications

You may have seen me refer to the Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) Training Institute in previous posts. This innovative organization is preparing Jewish women to be priestesses in "embodied, feminist spiritual leadership grounded in the sacred feminine and sacred earth."

Founded and directed by Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D., and folklorist Holly Taya Shere, the Institute has just announced that it is welcoming applicants for its next course of training, which begins August 9-16 at the Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality in Connecticut. Another event will be held at the Center August 6-8: the first open Kohenet Shabbaton, a weekend open to Kohenet alums, current and prospective students, and to all women drawn to connect with the Kohenet community and path.

According to Rabbi Hammer, in the four years since its inception, the Institute and those it has trained have helped to revive the ancient practices of women as priestesses in ways authentic to Jewish tradition. "In Kohenet, we examine models of women's spiritual work and the Divine feminine from the Bible, Talmud, kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), and ancient goddess myths," she says. "We also engage in innovative ritual, liturgy, chant, experiential learning, dreamwork, movement, sacred artcraft and spirit journeys." Kohenet students are initiated into the priestess tradition, and graduates receive support from the Institute in "leading their own spiritual circles, crafting ritual and prayer, and engaging in scholarship, music, art and other modes of sacred work." For more information and applications go to or

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