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Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD 

Jill Hammer (Yeilah) is an author, educator, midrashist and ritualist.  She is the co-founder of the Kohenet Institute, and the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion.  Rabbi Hammer is the author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women, The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons, The Omer Calendar of Biblical Women, The Garden of Time and the co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women's Spiritual Leadership and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook.  She holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Connecticut and received rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  She lives in Manhattan with her wife and daughter.


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TAYA SHERE

Taya Shere (Taya Mâ) plays passionately in the realms of transformative ritual and embodied vocalization. Taya is co-founder and co-direct of the Kohenet Institute.  Her chant albums Wild Earth Shebrew, Halleluyah All Night, Torah Tantrikaand This Bliss have been heralded as "cutting-edge mystic medicine music."  She is co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women's Spiritual Leadership and SIddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook.  Trained in the folklore of religion at the University of Pennsylvania and as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, she is Spiritual Leader Emeritus of a Washington D.C. area Jewish congregation.  Taya co-leads Makam Shekhina, a multi-religious Jewish/Sufi spiritual community, teaches at Starr-King School for the Ministry and mentors emergent spiritual leaders in embodied presence and counter-oppressive devotion.  She makes home, music and other magic in the California East Bay.

Shoshana Jedwab

 Shoshana Jedwab (Batshemesh) is the Jewish Life Coordinator at the A.J. Heschel Middle School in NYC.  She is the founding facilitator of the Makom Drum Circle at the JCC in Manhattan and is a percussionist and performance artist who has trained in bibliodrama and psychodrama.  Shoshana has performed with Storahtelling, Chana Rothman, Debbie Friedman, Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn and Tel Shemesh seasonal events, and is a ritual percussionist and singer at Congregation Romemu in New York, NY.  She is Kohenet's ritual drummer and serves on the Kohenet faculty.  Her first album is titled I Remember.