On Campus Program

Faces of Shekhinah The Divine Feminine Through a Jewish Lens


Across history, Jews have described meeting deities in feminine form—as a sacred presence, as a wise woman, mother, daughter, refugee, warrior, and as the world itself. These profound images have captivated mystics and seekers for many generations in spite of the ways that the Bible, Talmud, and Jewish prayer have tended to depict God as masculine. Shekhinah, Presence, or Indwelling are just some of the names Jews have had for God/dess in a feminine mode. 

With Rabbi Jill Hammer—founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and long-time explorer of legends of the sacred feminine in Jewish tradition—as your guide, explore these diverse feminine forms of deity and their unique, and sometimes opposing, gifts through sacred story, chant, meditative journey, conversation, and creative expression. We’ll consider how we can meet these divine healing forms and which ones feel closest to our hearts, minds, and souls.

Through our journey together, we’ll empower ourselves to move beyond conventional models of the sacred and create a vibrant connection to Shekhinah.  

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

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All Spiritual Practice and Inquiry


Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, author, scholar, ritualist, poet, dream worker, writer, and mystic, is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion and cofounder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.

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Shoshana Jedwab is a singer and songwriter, and award-winning educator who cocreates ritual experience and embodied prayer for various synagogues, schools, healing circles, retreats, and earth-based communities.

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