Exploring Jewish Women's Spirituality

Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 By: Johnna Freud

Exploring Jewish Women's Spirituality, a Sisterhood Brunch to be held Sunday, February 9 at 10:00 am at Greenburgh Hebrew Center.

Often women are looking for connectedness to God, but do not know where to begin or what resources exist to help their journey.  Exploring Jewish Women’s Spirituality, presented by Cantor Janet Leuchter, will be the topic at Sisterhood GHC’s Brunch to be held at Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry on Sunday February 9th at 10:00 AM. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made online at www.g-h-c.org/spiritual.

In her presentation, Cantor Janet will explore topics including new paths to reclaiming Jewish women's spirituality; Shekhinah - the feminine attributes of God; prayers developed by pioneering Jewish women; and forms of feminine or gender neutral Jewish prayers.  She will also lead a discussion about everyday spirituality for women, rituals, and when women have felt most spiritually connected at various stages of their lives. 
Cantor Janet was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she brought to light a neglected older repertoire of East European religious folksong for her Masters in Sacred Music project.  At Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Cantor Janet leads the community in prayer on Shabbat mornings and holidays, teaches in the Religious School, and tutors GHC’s b'nei mitzvah.  She is currently exploring "Jewish renewal"-style prayer through the Davenen Leadership Training Institute of the Aleph Alliance.  She has also worked as a chaplain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center.  A long-time singer and teacher of Yiddish song, she was the vocalist with the pioneering women's band Klez-meydlekh.
Sisterhood GHC, provides support to the entire Greenburgh Hebrew Center family and other worthy causes. With over 180 members, Sisterhood presents Brunches, Mah Jongg games and other activities, with a special emphasis on the Women of GHC. It is a participating member of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with over 300 member families, serving the Rivertowns, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, White Plains, New Rochelle and Yonkers. It is located at 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry. For more information and to reserve your seat, visit www.g-h-c.org/spiritual, call the Greenburgh Hebrew Center at (914) 693-4260 or email sisterhoodprogram@g-h-c.org.