the Native Hebrew Spirit path
keren’s main innovation & teaching
as an ordained
the Native Hebrew Spirit path is
a jewish practice which is both
deeply rooted in the ancient
& immediately relevant in these days.
keren’s ordination as “omana’ya” is in the rabbinic lineage of reb zalman schachter-shalomi, and could translate as “hebrew ritual artist”. she is as well a direct “shaliakh” of this distinguished rebbe (z”l).
mentoring & ceremony
from ancient roots, modern minded & co-creative. inspired. uplifting.
a bar/bat mitzvah mentoring process with keren includes
- initial family meetings to establish: intentions, goals and curriculum detail
- learning the beautiful ancient hebrew to read and chant
- learning ancient liturgical melodies
- exploring the ancient hebrew calendar of festivals & learning modern conventional applications as well as alternative possibilities for participation
- creating a theme that guides the mentoring and educational process
- exploring and understanding how this time/process is a “coming of age”
- independence from any affiliation or synagogue establishment, or integrated with those, as the family prefers
- a co-created meaningful ceremony
initial consults about bar/bat mitzvah processes and ceremonies are complimentary
- Ty, Colorado, Building Contractor
" My definition of ceremony is a safe space that provides freedom, inspiration, guidance for personal spiritual growth. I experienced all of these beautiful things when participating in Keren's we-body. To be able to guide and lead humans be-ing to new levels of trust, truth, healing with out inserting one-self is no easy task.
Keren seems to do that intuitively and masterfully.
She can be trusted to be fully human and Divine at once."
- Keren Abrams echoes the voice of the ancestors. She brings clarity to the places in our souls that have been muddled by millennia of fear -- fear of others, fear of self, fear of real-time relating with the Mystery of all Mysteries. Her sacred dance spirals us into a weave that brings us enrichment and beauty, and connects us to Spirit. The resonance of her drum and chant reawakens within us a long-neglected memory of a time when we cared less about more, and did more about caring. Keren Abrams comes to her work with an integrity and intention sorely needed in our time.Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Author of Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism
- it is a huge privilege to learn, share and pray with you. I thank god that we were brought together!amy, new mexico
- you are freeing words form the imprisonment of literalism!tomas, source kabala class, santa fe
Native Hebrew Spirit path
directly serves the many Jewish people who are demonstrating a hunger to be personally touched through their Jewish connection.
They are looking for Truth and Relevance, deeply and directly.
What is our source-text to peer into the Native Hebrew Spirit? Simply, Tanakh (hebrew bible) . Though we frequently re-tell stories of Abraham & Sarah, Moshe & Miriam, and the many others wandering in the Tanakh, the essences of their practices and experiences are nearly lost in contemporary Jewish practice. here, in the omana’ya path, we re-vitalize their essential wisdom-ways.
At this time in history our remembrance and inclusion of the sensibilities from the more ancient Hebrew Spirit ways can serve this need. as well, this path of practice, education and celebration serves to reveal the Hebrew wisdom as one facet of a varied-culture world-wisdom.
one of the consequences of exiles and collective trauma is the condensation of spiritual practices into “backpack-able religion”.
As keren sees it, now is the time to unpack what was condensed and largely crystallized into the more contemporary texts and protocols. her work as omana’ya is in service to this “unpack”.
This introductory talk can be formatted according to the needs of the congregation, such as a drash during regular services (15-20 minutes) or as a more in-depth talk and discussion in another format (20-60 minutes). All talks can be customized, via previous consult, to the communities’ specific interests and aims.