Honoring the ancient near eastern Goddess cultures from which Judaism emerged alongside a feminist rereading of biblical and rabbinic Judaism, the Kohenet Institute offers a new model of Jewish spiritual leadership. Come hear a panel of three Kohanot--Hebrew Priestesses ordained by the Kohenet Priestess Institute--who live in the Boulder area discuss the origins and practices of this earth-based, embodied, feminist Judaism. Learn about this dynamic new approach to creating authentic ritual and faith-based social action for the times we are living in.
Kohenet Rae Abileah is a ritual artist, a social change strategist, and an advocate for economic, environmental, and racial justice. She is a trainer at Beautiful Trouble (www.beautifultrouble.org), co-founder of the global Climate Ribbon (www.theclimateribbon.org) interactive art installation, and former co-director of CodePink Women for Peace. She is a contributing author to Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution; Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists; Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories By Women; and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2004 with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights and was ordained as a Kohenet Hebrew Priestess in 2014. She lives in Nederland, CO.
Kohenet Yocheved (Jude) Landsman Yocheved, aka Jude, began her academic studies at Cornell University. She completed her BA in Dance at Naropa University, an MFA in Dance at CU Boulder, and has been a performance and ritual artist in Boulder ever since. Yocheved also spent time as a PhD student in Sustainability Education at Prescott College. She is an member of Congregation Bonai Shalom, often teaching and chanting, and was ordained by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute in 2009. As a Kohenet, Yocheved teaches on the Feminine Divine in Judaism, leads life-cycle rituals, and continues to make art. She is a long-term Boulder advocate for racial and social justice, and has worked since 2004 for peace and reconciliation around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, facilitating dialogue circles, and transformative methods of peacebuilding.
Kohenet and Rabbi, Sarah Bracha Gershuny, was ordained by the rabbinical school of Hebrew College in 2012, and by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute in 2014. She now serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Nevei Kodesh, the Jewish Renewal community of Boulder founded by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone. A musician, writer, ritualist and facilitator by nature, Sarah Bracha is skilled at building community and connection, and at holding space for transformative spiritual experience. She is excited to present at the Highland City Club, a space which she greatly appreciates. www.neveikodesh.org
Members & Guests - $25
General Admission - $35