Academy for Jewish Religion
Jill Hammer, PhD and rabbi, is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic seminary. She is co-founder of the Kohenet Institute, a program in Jewish women's spiritual leadership, and of Tel Shemesh, an earth-based Jewish resource. She is the author of "The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for all Seasons", and "Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women."
Shabbat Morning Service, Jewish Renewal Style
Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality,
Jill Hammer and Shoshana Jedwab will facilitate a Jewish Renewal style Shabbat service. Jill Hammer, rabbi, will lead participants on an interactive prayer journey based on a Four Worlds model. Shoshana Jedwab, percussionist, will lead primal devotional chants that open up the heart with her drum. The Torah service will enable participants to choose transformative aliyot (honors) based on the themes of the parasha (Torah portion). Note: There will be musical instruments and mixed-gender seating.
Miriam the Priestess
What the Bible Doesn't Want to Tell You (But Does)
Global Culture & History,
Text & Thought
Why is Miriam called “the prophetess” even though she has no prophecy? Why is she named “sister of Aaron”? What is the real meaning of the “leprosy” incident? Discover a new reading of the Miriam stories and learn about Israelite women’s spiritual leadership in its ancient Near Eastern context. Explore the women of the Bible in radical ways and consider the implications for our own day.
The Tree of Days
The Jewish Calendar and the Earth
Identity & Responsibility,
Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality
Jill Hammer’s book, "The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons," is a journey through the Jewish year, exploring how each Jewish festival and minor holiday intertwines with the cycles of nature and the stories of the Jewish people. In this session, Jill will take us through the Jewish year, stopping at each season to describe how that moment teaches us lessons of the earth. We’ll also learn how to include more nature consciousness in our holiday celebrations.