Date(s) - 05/29/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
co-facilitated by Kohenet Rae Abileah, Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Kohenet Liviah Baldwin, Kohenet Rakia Sky Beimel, and Rachel Kann (Kohenet student)
Friday, May 29 | 12 – 1 pm PDT / 3 – 4 pm EDT
Please join Kohanot, (Hebrew Priestesses,) as we offer a Shavuot ritual for grounding, inspiration and guidance. Using the Kohenet netivot (priestess archetypes) as a framework for centering and lifting up marginalized voices, we’ll do some learning, offer collective prayers, and ground ourselves through song as we observe Shavuot.
Kohenet Rae Abileah is a social change strategist, author, and troublemaker for collective liberation. She is a trainer and editor at Beautiful Trouble, and is the co-creatrix of the global Climate Ribbon art ritual. She was the co-director of CODEPINK, consulted on digital strategy for social justice at ThoughtWorks, and now runs her own consultancy, CreateWell. Rae is a contributing author to books including Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists. Rae graduated from Barnard College with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights, and received ordination by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. She’s based in the Colorado Rockies.
Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife is a community shepherdess, shlichat tzibbur (prayer leader), lifespiral ceremony officiant, ritual creatrix, liturgist, songstress and public speaker. She is founder and leader of Kesher Pittsburgh and serves as Oreget Kehilah / Executive Director of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. Her work in these realms and beyond is informed by her lived experience as a Jewish Woman of Colour and the quandries she encounters as a scholar of the Orphan Wisdom School. After living in Sydney, Australia, for 13 years, she and her beloved have returned to Pittsburgh, PA, where they nest when they’re not on the road.
Kohenet Liviah Baldwin is a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, theatre practitioner, challah maven, and composer/arranger of choral music exploring Kohenet melodies and midrash. She resides in Northern Virginia where her activism is focused on labor issues.
Rakia Sky Beimel has an undergraduate degree in criminology and forensic science from South University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She is also a religious school teacher at Congregation Shir Tikvah and teaches psychology and political science at Wayne County Community College District. As former program coordinator of gardens and food for Hazon Detroit, she helped set up many gardens for local synagogues and designed the Sensory Garden at Tamarack Camps Farber Farm. She’s a doula, urban farmer, “weaver of ritual and keeper of sacred space,” and was recently ordained through the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.
Rachel Kann’s latest poetry collection is How to Bless the New Moon, from Ben Yehuda Press. She is a poet, performer, ceremonialist and teaching artist. She’s a 2019 WORD: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize recipient, a 2017 Asylum Arts Reciprocity Fellow and the 2017 Outstanding Instructor of the Year at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She leads Realize Paradise Shabbat Soul Journeys and New Moon Union Rosh Chodesh Circles and is initiated as Tzovah through Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Training Program.