A Kohenet is a Hebrew Priestess, a new (and ancient) form of Jewish women’s spiritual leadership.
In July 2009, I received smicha as a Kohenet through the Hebrew Priestess Training Institute founded by Rabbi Jill Hammer, Holly Taya Shere and Shoshana Jedwab, after three years of training. As a Kohenet I focus on an embodied, woman-honoring form of Jewish spirituality that respects the earth and G!d/dess in all forms that s/he appears (male, female, both, and neither). The women trained and ordained as Kohanot are reclaiming this word and a unique role as spiritual leaders. I was also conferred by the Kohanot the title of “M’agelet” – Circle-maker, as a reference to my unique gifts and work in the world.
You can regularly find me leading services at OneShul.org.
I also have been ordained as a Celebrant of Becoming, a pantheistic/panentheistic spiritual community. The group was a vibrant and active spiritual community for just over 10 years (2001-2012). For six of those years I served as “Steward,” which was the lay leadership position. In 2009, I was ordained as a Celebrant, the title of clergy, and for 1.5 years I served as Presiding Celebrant — the senior clergy.