revitalizing judaism with it's own ancient-root medicine


keren is ordained in the rabbinic lineage of

Reb Zalman-Schachter Shalomi

as Shaliakh & the first “omana’ya” 

“Omanaya” is a Hebrew Ceremonial Artist

with no affiliation except the ancient wisdom

serving folks in prayer gatherings, torah study, and ceremony

bar/bat mitzvah

mentoring & ceremony

from ancient roots, modern minded & co-creative. inspired. uplifting. Personally meaningful – for you!

I am so happy to be able to co-create this beautiful rite-of-passage now with families worldwide via Zoom video conferencing.

Inquire now for details on how!>

a bar/bat mitzvah mentoring process with keren includes

  • initial family meetings to establish: intentions, goals and curriculum outline
  • 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 celebrating
  • creating a theme that guides the mentoring and educational process
  • exploring and understanding how this time/process is a “coming of age”
  • exploring biblical stories and sacred-text historically
  • independence from any affiliation or synagogue establishment – or – integrated a synagogue, as the family prefers

all culminating in a family-officiated

co-created, inimitable & meaningful ceremony

initial consults about bar/bat mitzvah processes and ceremonies are complimentary

contact keren to arrange a chat >

  • It is a huge privilege to learn, share and advance myself with you over these years.  I find both comfort and the appropriate amount of push in directions I really need; you help me see my own wisdom and get me out of habitual ruts. I am so thankful that we were brought together! - AT, Marketing Specialist, SF, NM.
    AT, Marketing Specialist, SF, NM.
  • You are freeing words form the imprisonment of literalism! - TM, Author & Poet, SF, NM
    TM, Author & Poet, SF, NM
  • 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
    Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Author of Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism
  • 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

keren founded the

“Native Hebrew Spirit path”

deeply rooted in the ancient

while at once immediate & relevant

serving folks who are hungering to be personally touched

through a Jewish and Ancient Hebrew connection.

They are looking for Universal Truths

and Immediate Relevance inside what the

Ancient gives us.

What is our source-text to peer into the Native Hebrew Spirit ways? 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”.