Leadership

Sarah Chandler aka Kohenet Shamirah

Founder and CEO

Sarah is a Brooklyn-based Jewish educator, ritualist, artist, activist, and poet. Currently, she serves as the program director of Romemu Yeshiva and a garden educator with Grow Torah. A trainer with Taamod, she supports Jewish non-profits in harassment prevention, through designing and maintaining respectful workplaces. She teaches, writes, and consults on issues related to Jewish earth-based spiritual practice, farming, and mindfulness. Ordained as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) in 2015, she is studying as a shamanic healer apprentice at The Wisdom School of S.O.P.H.I.A and Kabbalistic imaginal dream work at The School of Images.

Aya Baron

Rabbinic Fellow & chapbook co-editor

Aya is a scholar, wilderness guide and ritualist pursuing rabbinic ordination at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College after recently completing her M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union. Her studies build on six years of leadership at Wilderness Torah, an organization committed to reconnecting Judaism to its natural cycles. Here she established herself as a pioneer in earth-based Jewish practice by developing outdoor rites of passage experiences for B’nai Mitzvah age youth, and training local and international teams of educators. Aya has served several additional JOFEE organizations, most recently Hazon as a JOFEE fellowship mentor. Aya is happiest when jumping in a lake, writing poetry, or spending the day giggling with her 3 year old niece.