about keren

keren khaya abrams, ma, ordained omana’ya, offers SEeR – facilitating experiences in the Subtle-Energetic Realities.

her work is based in the esoteric sciences: universal laws and principles of force and energy and it’s movement. with direct initiations in these teachings, and thousands of hours of self-laboratory, she created Alchemy sessions, end-of-life midwife, Movement Medicine Arts (MMA), the OneDance, and the Native Hebrew Spirit Path. in the lineage of rabbi zalman schachter-shalomi, at hamakom institute in israel ,she received ordination as omana’ya and is indeed the pioneering woman of this “hebrew ritual artist” rabbinic title and new lineage, as well as being charged as a direct shaliakh of reb zalman.

keren is a practitioner and teacher in the art and science of ritual and healing arts, movement & dance, and embodied consciousness.

to make ritual is to consciously participate in Creation. it is the art of giving form to my experience in tandem with saying – – here i am.

keren is a seasoned professional performing artist, with modern and post-modern dance in the foreground, met with voice and percussion. her training and performing career spans the early decades of her life, and in the recent one her focus on teaching and training other dancers/performers is currently primary.  her expertise ranges from ballet to yoga, authentic movement to contact improvisation, african to post-modern, and salsa to tango – specifically in the area of “contact-tango” where she originated “sublime tango” seminars for tango dancers.

keren is known for her dance teaching magic, enlightening hobbyists to professionals of all ages into both a more deeply embodied and empowered as well as technically proficient dance. in her own performance, this is her signature: the revelation of wild freedom in highly skilled form, attention as deep as wide, an apparent internal evolution in motion, surrendered while precise abandon, as she presents her dance to audience.

our co-created ritual is the piece of art. it is universal and indigenous to make authentic ceremony.

keren founded the “omana’ya” center for native hebrew spirit through which she offers teaching, holy day ceremony, healing rites, spiritual guidance, and officiation for lifec-ycle rituals, both in the united states and israel. while independent of any affiliation, keren is in close association with leaders in the jewish renewal movement, and an authorized shaliakh of reb zalman. she is fluent in biblical and modern hebrew, traditional cantillation, and has either partnered, solo-ed or pioneered numerous pilgrimages to israel for educational, community and/or healing purposes since 1991.

the hebrew language is a portal to peer through, multi-dimensions of information are spun into it’s form. as we open our minds and perceive it, read it, sing it, all its meanings and wonders dance toward us.

keren studies ancient hebrew text and receives revelation of medicine and wisdoms and principles of energetic anatomy and matrixes. this is her “source kabala“. often, the words turn themselves into melody within her heart/mind. some are recorded on the albums she markets. many of her direct visions are being written now into a biblical novel, her first book (!!) with intended publishing in this coming year.

a collaborator since 2006 at deva lands sanctuary, in the mountains just outside of santa fe, new mexico, keren has been part of this retreat center’s development, as well as based her private practice and establishment of the omana’ya center and the SEeR mystery school within it.

keren holds an MA in interdisciplinary art from san francisco state university and has taught courses in dance and other movement arts at numerous colleges, universities and festivals, including san francisco state, naropa university, university of the arts (phl), seminar kibbutzim (israel), as well as self-produced dance/performance workshops in usa and abroad during  the last 20 years. her Alchemy sessions and teachings have been received by clients in israel, greece and spain, and she has presented dance seminars in greece as well as numerous native hebrew spirit workshops in israel, including a collaborative tour with jo’el jojola, isleta traditional advisor.  (click here for a full cv)

keren has traveled extensively – including africa (beloved zimbabwe!), indonesia, israel, morocco, spain and greece. – participating in ritual and dance arts. she has collaborated performance with arye bursztyn and yair dalal in israel, performance-ritual with suprapto suryodarma in java, choreographed for the first ms.zimbabwe competition, studied traditional drum/dance with clayton ndlovu, and learned temple chant from ibu made tirta in bali.

keren offers deep gratitude for her both early and recent mentors, some of whom are: ralph lemon, shelley senter, jon ingle, sarah shelton mann, audrey bookspan, susan glazer, janet adler, reb zalman, reb ohad, reb jack gabriel, jeannie and ginny.

  • from ordination for omana'ya, minister of jewish ritual and prayer: i recommend any community and individual to be assisted by her in the paths of their life-rituals. i trust her to lead the people in meaningful and artistic rituals with full respect to themselves, as well as to the earth and all of her inhabitants. she is trusted to be drawing her inspiration from the deep well of the ancient and ever-renewing tradition of the Hebrews, since our tribal roots to the late rabbinic periods, with the openness to the reunion of this tradition with all other wisdom and divine peace-seeking traditions of the world. "may the sweet-pleasantness of adonai our source-of-powers be upon us and prepare the workings of our hands..." (psalms)
    rabbi ohad yisrael nisi ezrachi, israel
  • ....it's been a honor, a joie de vivre nourishment of body/soul entrainment. OneDance & Keren, thank you for enriching my life. Adashe, Optimum Health Advocate. S.fe, NM