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Mysteries of Creation: A Weekend with Rabbi Jill Hammer and Shoshana Jedwab

Saturday, June 12, 2021 2 Tammuz 5781

All Day

During this Shabbat, we’ll experience the earth-based, embodied style of Kohenet prayer.  Rabbi Jill Hammer will teach Sefer Yetzirah, the ancient mystical Book of Creation, and its practices for connecting to the wonders of inner and outer worlds.  We’ll explore Parashat Korach through bibliodrama and explore legends of the Jewish underworld.  And we’ll honor the liminal states in our lives with the ceremony of havdalah—blessing distinctions.


June 11 & 12

 Friday Eve 

Shabbat Salon with Rabbi Jill Hammer speaking on The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of the Sefer Yetzirah



10-12 am: Morning service led by Jill and Shoshana

3-5 pm: Afternoon study session with Jill and Shoshana

6-7 pm: Havdalah led by Shoshana and Nomy

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Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, author, scholar, ritualist, poet, midrashist and dreamworker, is the co-founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute (, and the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion ( Her new book on Jewish mysticism is titled Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah.  Rabbi Hammer is also the author of other books including The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership (with Taya Shere), The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for all Seasons, Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women, and The Book of Earth and Other Mysteries.  

 As a child, Shoshana Jedwab would drum on parked cars, plates, tables, books and other people's bodies. Hailing from a family of rabbis and community leaders decimated by the Holocaust, Shoshana became a prize winning sacred text teacher, the Jewish Life Coordinator at the A.J. Heschel Middle School as well as a founding faculty member at the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.   As one of congregation Romemu’s regular hand drummers, and as worship leader, singer-songwriter, and teacher, Shoshana brings depth, humor, voice, feminism and sizzling rhythm to her grateful audiences.  Shoshana Jedwab’s  original sacred music grounds body and spirit, and brings the ancestral past into joyous contemporary practice. The seven songs of Shoshana’s 2016 debut album, “I Remember”, and her 2018 viral single, “Where You Go,” emerged from ceremonies Shoshana was leading, and are now being sung in churches, synagogues, weddings and protest marches around the world. In 2017 Shoshana Jedwab was included in Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Women Who Rock the Worship World. Shoshana released her new single, “Openings,” on Sukkot 2020. and

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