THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR: A HEBREW PRIESTESS EXPLORATION
With Rav Kohenet Jiill Hammer

Next offered January - December 2019

This monthly Virtual Temple class presents an earth-based view of the Jewish calendar, including ancient practices and modern customs, and explores Kohenet-resonant ways to create meaningful holiday ritual.  This ten-month class includes readings, recorded lectures, an on-line discussion forum, audio guides for embodied practice and ritual and liturgy for each festival season.  This class serves as a holiday community where studentspost about their holiday experiences and practices, and share their questions and ideas. Required texts are The Jewish Book of Days by Jill Hammer and Seasons of Our Joy by Arthur Waskow, and additional material is also posted and assigned.

Register via paypal to kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com and place "Wheel of the Year" in subject line.  Cost is $320 for the year.

January 2019: Introduction

February 2019: Feast of the Tree of Life / Tu Bishvat

March 2019: Purim, Festival of the Sacred Fool

April 2019: Pesach, Full Moon of Liberation

May 2019: The Journey of the Omer

June 2019: Shavuot, Sinai and Sacred Loaves

July 2019: Tisha b'Av and Tu b'Av: From Weeping to Dancing

August 2019: No Class / Break

September 2019: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

October 2019:Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

November 2019: Rosh Hodesh / The New Moon

December 2019: Hanukah

Jewish Ancestral Healing with Rav Kohenet Taya Mâ

February - April 2019

The Jewish Ancestral Healing Online course weaves practices of Jewish ancestor reverence with immersive individual Ancestral Lineage Healing sessions. The immersion includes three personal Ancestral Lineage Healing sessions with Taya Mâ or ancestral lineage healing practitioner Yael illah, content material on Jewish ancestor reverence practices delivered in audio and written format, and optional (recorded) monthly group video calls. The three personal sessions include an assessment of students’ four primary bloodlines and continue toward connecting with an ancestral guide to anchor blessing and bring healing / repair through one of the lineages.

In our opening call (optional / recorded), we'll review the principles of the Ancestral Lineage Healing model and set clear intentions for the work.  The second two calls (optional / recorded) are check-in and integration calls, space for sharing experiences, questions, receiving feedback and connecting in community. Audio and written content of the course highlights Jewish ancestral reverence practices including working with stones, yahrzeit practices of remembering, the ancestralization practice of reciting Mourner's Kaddish, the practice of pilgrimage known as Hillula, and more. 

Course registration is $475 upfront or 3 monthly installments of $180 (totaling $540).  To register, or with questions, fill out the contact form.

Video calls are Sundays February 3 and March 3 @ noon Pacific / 3 pm Eastern, April date TBA - calls are optional and are recorded for those who can’t attend.

Sex & The Sephirot:  A Pleasure Journey
through the Omer
with Rav Kohenet Taya Mâ Shere

April 21 - June 9, 2019

The seven weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot - known as the period of counting the Omer - invite us on an intentional journey from constriction to pleasure, union & revelation. The Omer offers a focused opportunity to bring attention to patterns we desire to transform.

In Sex and the Sephirot, we’ll engage the Omer toward experiencing greater erotic presence, deepening our commitment to sex that is nourishing and healthful for us, and embracing ritual practices of self-pleasure - or pleasure with partners - amidst the support and container of sex-positive community and joyful accountability.  We’ll work with the sephirot through an embodied pelvic mapping of the kabbalistic tree of life created specifically for this course.

This offering is for you if: You have a pattern around self-pleasure or sex with partners that you want to transform. You feel excited - and perhaps a little nervous - about being held in a lovingly tended group container to additionally integrate the sacred into your erotic life. You desire to claim pleasure as prayer. 

This seven week journey includes weekly teachings delivered by audio and text, three collective video calls which are a combination of teaching and personal check-in's, weekly connection with a classmate and a 30 minute individual support session by Skype with Taya Mâ. 

Pelvic mapping materials are a part of course content, and this course is open to and designed for people of all gender expressions.  Our frame is Jewishly rooted, and this course is open across faith practices - no background in Judaism necessary. The course requires a clearly stated commitment to confidentiality, in support of the depth and vulnerability of our work.

Course registration is $275. Registration is open through April 19, 2018 or until the course fills, whichever comes first.  Register by paypal to kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com (as a friends and family payment to avoid fees) with a note as to which course you are registering for. Feel free to contact kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com with questions.

DREAMWORK AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE WITH RAV KOHENET JILL HAMMER

OCTOBER 4 THROUGH DECEMBER 6, 2018

In this course, we’ll explore Jewish dream practices and also consider dream practice from an elemental, earth-based perspective,, learning about the teachers, healers, guardians, blessings, and warnings that dreams present to us.  Carefully observing places, signs, and visitations within our dreams, we’ll consider how dreams ask us to live deeply and mindfully. We’ll convene dream circles and delve into one another’s dreams to find blessing, healing, and life-wisdom.  The course will have live meetings with lectures and dream circles and also an opportunity to post dreams online and receive comments.

Cost is $250 for the course, payable by Paypal to kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com (as a friends and family payment to avoid fees).

Students in the class may have the opportunity for one or more private sessions with the instructor for an additional fee.  

Thursdays 5-6 pm ET:  Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 8, 22, Dec. 6

Oct. 4: Dreaming as a Spiritual Practice 

Oct. 18: Dreaming the Tree of Life: Images of the Holy

Oct. 25:  Dream Warnings: Jewish Dream Practice around Disturbing Dreams

Nov. 8: Dream Incubation: Dreams as Teachers and Guardians

Nov. 22: Dream Healers: Finding the Transformation in Dreams

Dec. 6: Dream Circle and Dream Blessings 

One-With-A-Flow: Menstruation as Transformative Practice

with rav Kohenet Taya Mâ Shere

October 8 - December 21, 2018

Who is the authority on menstrual blood? What wisdom do we turn to for deciphering the sacredness of our cycles? How may our foremothers have honored menstruation and childbirth? For thousands of years, Jewish teachings on women's blood during and after menstruation and childbirth have centered on rabbinic interpretation of, and decisions regarding, “ritual purity“. The wisdom living inside the bodies of the very ones affected by these processes and decisions was largely devalued and ignored. Today, a deeper understanding and exploration of the meaning and power in traditions and customs surrounding menstrual blood is emerging among spiritual leaders, scholars, healers and practitioners of Judaism. 

In this three month course, we reclaim the sacredness of menstruation from a Hebrew Priestess perspective. 

One-With-a-Flow invites bleeding ones into new insights, possibilities and practices, toward transforming and deepening our relationship with menstruation as an experience and expression of embodied divinity. This course is designed to inspire and engage those already a path of reclaiming Jewish menstrual wisdom as well as those just beginning such a journey. 

Explore renewed Jewish wisdom and perspectives on menstrual blood and cycles.

Transform teachings on tumah, taharah and niddah toward body-temple consciousness.

Practice embodied lunar awareness, womb-listening, menstrual sabbath & free bleeding.

This course is open to all who menstruate, who once menstruated, or who seek to heal their relationship with - or embrace the transformative potential of - menstruation. Course content is delivered each new and full moon week as both audio recording and written text in the online course portal. We gather for three communal zoom calls close to the new moon - Monday October 8, 2018, Wednesday November 7, 2018 and Thursday December 6, 2018. These calls will included shared intention setting, exploration and sacred conversation / integration of course material and will be shared via recording with those unable to attend live. Course content is delivered by audio recording and written text in the online course portal.  Cost is $250. Contact kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com to register or with questions.

On Solid Ground: Fundamentals of Judaism
with Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife

October 2018 - May 2019

Fundamentals of Judaism is an exploration of the foundations upon which we stand as Priestesses, providing us a stable place from which to learn, study, practice, lead, create, ritualise and diverge.  Various topics relating to lineage and practice will be covered on a fortnightly basis with suggested readings throughout.  Each student will have the opportunity to have a 30 minute processing/reflection session with Keshira.  

 

October 9 - What is Judaism?  

October 23 - Who are Jews?  Lineages, denominations and sages

November 6 - Where are Jews?  How did they get to be all over the world? (Taught by Rav Kohenet Shoshana Batshemesh Jedwab)

November 20 - Jewish Herstory: The grand narrative (Taught by Rav Kohenet Shoshana Batshemesh Jedwab)

December 4 - Torah and other sacred texts  

December 18 - Jewish Days and time cycles

January 1 - Sacred Time: Sabbath through Havdallah

January 15 -  Jewish Holidays: An overview of the Jewish Year

January 29 - Jewish Holidays: The Pilgrimages

February 12 - Jewish worship: Daily rhythms and their liturgy

February 26 - Judaism at Home, Ritual Items and Customs

March 19 - Jewish life spirals

April 2 - Jewish ethical questions

April 16 - Customs, "traditions" and myths

April 30 - Open session: What else do you want to know?

 

Cost for the course is $350 including a one-on-one processing session with Keshira. Classes will be offered live and recorded for review and/or access across timezones. You can register by sending payment via Paypal to kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com (choose "friends and family payment" to avoid fees). This course is open to all who are drawn - across genders and faith traditions - you needn't be a Kohenet student to register.

Sefer Yetzirah: Meditation, Magic, and the Cosmic Architecture with Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer

October 19 through December 21, 2017

Sefer Yetzirah is an ancient and foundational work of Jewish mysticism.  This brief and cryptic book imagines letters as the building blocks of the universe, and focuses our attention on the components of space, time, and soul and the elements of air, fire, and water.  Its goal is to allow adepts to contemplate, and even partake in, the Divine creative process.  We will be reading sections from the book closely in order to understand the meaning of Sefer Yetzirah and its potential role in an earth-based, feminist, contemporary Jewish belief and contemplative practice.   We will also be using the book to meditate and reflect on our own spiritual experience.  The class will be taught via Zoom and can also be accessed via phone.  The class will be available via web recording as well. Thursdays, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Dec. 21 from 12 pm-1:15 pm EST.  Cost: $250, to register, e-mail contactkohenet@gmail.com. The course comes with a text booklet; you must also purchase the Sefer Yetzirah translation by Aryeh Kaplan.  All sessions will be recorded and posted on-line; you can take the class even if the time block does not work for you.

Embodied Presence: A Virtual Practicum
With Rav Kohenet Taya SherE

August 6 - september 30, 2018

This 8-week practicum invites and supports us to cultivate a being-ness that is aligned with our essential self and gifts and with Source. Explore right pace, inhabit space, be guided by gratitude and become fluent in state transmission. Embodied Presence engages simple and potent exercises and inquires to activate awareness, to strengthen and supply our sensory selves and to empower our embodied presence. Concentrated content is made available each Monday morning in the course forum in both audio and print form. Practicing and exploring together, we become additionally, exceptionally here and whole. Students are assigned chevrutah / study partners, and Taya Mâ is available for questions in the online discussion forum and on group Zoom calls Zoom call Thursday August 16th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET and Sunday September 30th at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm ET.

Cost is $200 for the course, payable by Paypal to kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com (as a friends and family payment to avoid fees). This course is open to all who are drawn - across genders and faith traditions - you needn't be a Kohenet student to register.

Session 1: Presencing Pace

Session 2: Presencing Grace & Gratitude

SEssion 3: Presencing Space

SEssion 4: Presencing Place & Elementals

SEssion 5: Presencing Soma

Session 6: Presencing State

SEssion 7: Presencing Form & Flow

Session 8: Presencing Completion

Faces of Shekhinah:
Meeting the Divine Feminine in Jewish Texts
with Rabbi / Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer

April - September 2018

Faces of Shekhinah: Meeting the Divine Feminine in Jewish Texts explores biblical, talmudic, and mystical texts related to faces of the Divine Feminine across Jewish history, and invites participants to experience these faces of the Divine through guided meditation. The course includes weekly lectures, textual sources, online discussion in the class forum, and guided meditations. 

Faces of Shekhinah: Meeting the Divine Feminine in Jewish Texts explores biblical, talmudic, and mystical texts related to faces of the Divine Feminine across Jewish history, and invites participants to experience these faces of the Divine through guided meditation. The course includes biweekly lectures, textual sources, online discussion in the class forum, and guided meditations. The class begins April 16, 2018. Lectures are select Wednesdays at 8 pm ET and are all recorded for later listening. 

Cost is $250. Register via paypal to kohenetvirtualtemple@gmail.com and place "Faces of Shekhinah" in subject line.

Class 1: April 16-30   (Lecture April 18 8 pm ET). Class 2: April 30-May 14 (Lecture May 2 8 pm ET). Class 3: May 14-28 (Lecture May 16 8 pm ET). Class 4: May 28-June 11 (Lecture May 30 8 pm ET). Class 5: June 11-June 25 (Lecture June 13 8 pm ET). Class 6: Aug. 6-20 (Lecture Aug. 8) Class 7: Aug. 20-Sept. 3 (Lecture Aug. 22)
Class 8: Sept. 3-17 (Lecture Sept. 5)

Session 1: The Divine Glory: Shekhinah in Exodus and the TalmuD

Session 2: Lady Wisdom and the Book of Proverbs

Session 3: Shekhinah as Exiled Woman: The Midrash

SEssion 4: Shekhinah as Divine Daughter

Session 5: The Cosmic Mother: Divine Feminine as Womb

SEssion 6: Shekhinah as Lover: The Sabbath Bride

SEssion 7: Shekhinah as Warrior and/or Monster

SEssion 8: Shekhinah as World: Divine Feminine as All That Is