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Shabbat Morning Service, Jewish Renewal Style

Jill Hammer, Shoshana Jedwab

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

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.

Jill Hammer

Academy for Jewish Religion

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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."

Shoshana Jedwab


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Shoshana Jedwab is a percussionist, and award-winning Jewish educator. She drums for Kirtan Rabbi, Romemu, Chana Rothman, Storahtelling, Kohenet, shamans, synagogues, healing circles, and Hebrew Schools. Shoshana is a teacher at the Holy Drummers Institute and serves as the A.J. Heschel MS Jewish Studies Coordinator. Shoshana facilitates the drum circle at the JCC in Manhattan.

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