Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute offers multi-year training in Hebrew priestessing.  This leadership training is an immersion in the movement and the sisterhood that is Kohenet. Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, founded in 2005 by Rabbi Jill Hammer and Taya Shere, has trained and ordained women as Kohanot ~ Hebrew Priestesses ~ for the past decade.

The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute offers a two-tier training program.  The first four retreats, over the course of a year and a half, train women in basic ritual skills based on thirteen archetypes of the ancient Hebrew priestesses: the Weaver, the Maiden, the Midwife, the Prophetess, the Mother, the Wise Woman, the Shrinekeeper, the Queen, the Mourning Woman, the Shamaness, the Seeker, the Lover, and the Fool.  We use these archetypes, in addition to resources of Jewish tradition, to discover ritual roles to play and ritual spaces to build.  

The second level of the program consists of three retreats over the course of a year and a half.  During this level of the program, our students focus on lifecycle ritual skills as well as other advanced ritual skills, and on developing their own mission statement and skill set for the specific sacred work they want to do in the world.  At the end of the second level of the program, students may request to be ordained.

"I have learned through my work in Kohenet to honor the mundane as sacred. I have learned to trust in the Divine as a source of wisdom, guidance, healing, and love in the face of personal and global change and challenge." - Rinah Rachel Galper

The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute seeks to revive and re-embody Judaism through the gifts of women spiritual leaders.  Since 2006, we have ordained forty women as Kohanot, Hebrew priestesses.  Some of our students are rabbis.  Some were distant from Jewish practice until they came to the Kohenet Institute. These women now serve in a variety of leadership roles, facilitating transformative ritual for women’s and mixed-gender communities.  The lively and diverse Kohenet community supports on-going communal education and ritual for our alums.  

East Coast Training

West Coast Training

Our current East cohort Hei (#5), began in July 2014 and is a circle including midwives, scholars, activists, rabbis, ritualists and land stewards. 

We are now accepting applications for cohort Zayin (our seventh cohort) to begin training August 1-7, 2016.

We gather for week-long intensives each winter and summer - totaling 7 intensives over 3 years - with options for active online community, course-work, and conference calls. 

Kohenet training on the East Coast is held at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT, in the Berkshire mountains 2.5 hours from New York City.

Costs for Kohenet training at Isabella Freedman is between $1380 and $1980 per retreat week (including tuition, room & board depending on accommodation chosen). All payment for Kohenet East happens through Hazon on the Isabella Freedman website.

Our current West cohort, Vav (#6), began in January 2015 and is a circle of ritualists, visionary artists, activists, teachers and healers. 

We are now accepting applications for cohort Chet (our eigth cohort), to begin in January 2017.  Week 1 training dates are January 23-29, 2017.

We gather for week-long intensives each winter and summer - totaling 7 intensives over 3 years - with options for active online community, course-work, and conference calls.  

Kohenet training on the West Coast is held at Ananda Meditation Retreat, a devotional sanctuary on 72 acres in the Sierra foothills near the Yuba River. 

Costs for Kohenet training at Ananda is between $1350 and $1500 per retreat week ($600 - 750 room and board & $750 tuition per retreat week).