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Innovative Jewish groups seek respect from the mainstream

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Published: 23 February 2021

Last updated: 5 March 2024

Keshira haLev Fife conducts Shabbat services and Hebrew classes in her native Pittsburgh (and also spread her message in Sydney for a while)

AS A SELF-DESCRIBED “proud Jewish woman of colour,” Keshira says she “sprinkles, sparkles, disrupts expectations and offers blessings in the service of the Divine.”

She is a kohenet (Hebrew priestess), part of a small but growing international movement of mostly queer women, including self-defined witches, who emphasize the feminine aspects of “earth-based transformative Jewish ritual.”

Kohenet Keshira, as she is known, is the founder and leader of an independent, post-denominational community, Kesher Pittsburgh. Many of its devotees are previously unaffiliated multifaith or multiracial individuals, couples or families drawn to its message of openness and acceptance.

FULL STORY Don’t call them ‘fringe’: Innovative Jewish groups seek respect from the mainstream (JTA)


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Photo: Keshira haLev Fife, a kohenet (Hebrew priestess), is the founder and leader of Kesher Pittsburgh, an independent, post-denominational Jewish community. (Courtesy of Fife)

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