Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife
Choveret chever v’kohelet b’midbar
Tier of Magical Knots, Gatherer of People at The Origin
Keshira haLev Fife is a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess), who sprinkles sparkles, disrupts expectations, and offers blessings wherever she goes. In service to the Divine Feminine, to her bright and benevolent ancestors, and to those whose are coming up after her, she serves as a community weaver, reclaiming ancient practices in ways that are resonant and relevant in the modern day. Lovingly called “the Priestess who priestesses the priestesses” she delights in serving the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute as Executive Director. She also pours love and intention into her work as a community shepherdess, shlichat tzibbur, life spiral ceremony officiant, ritual creatrix, liturgist, songstress, public speaker and writer.
Keshira finds inspiration as an avid traveler and has been humbled by her experience as a scholar of the Orphan Wisdom School. A deep believer that we must work together toward a better day, she is committed to tending the community hearth, holding space for challenging conversations, learning to live with paradox, standing proudly as a Jewish woman of colour and moving toward collective liberation.
She enjoys reaching across oceans, generations, faiths and identities, inviting people to reflect, connect, and find their edges so that they can live more fully and know themselves more deeply. Whether guiding Kabbalat Shabbat or officiating lifespiral ceremonies, Keshira curates with cultural sensitivity and leads with joyful human-ness, creating a sense of warmth and welcome. She broadens prayer experiences so that each being can show up - as a participant, a witness, a seeker, or a skeptic - and be honoured as a pray-er, just as they are. As a ritual creatrix, she brings a sense of wholeness, fullness and blessing to each threshold, enhancing moments which are, at once, deeply personal and universal.
Having habitually offered 110%, in recent years, she has developed a newfound reverence for balance - between the profane and the sacred (Shabbat!), conviction and surrender, movement and stillness, and self-care and collective wholeness.
Keshira was ordained as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) in July 2017 and earned her BS (Social History) and MS (Public Policy and Management) at Carnegie Mellon University in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A dual-citizen of the US and Australia, as of August 2018, she and her beloved reside in Pittsburgh, PA, once again.
Finding a sense of home wherever she lays her head, she delights in crossing oceans and time zones, so that she can spend time with her loved ones, explore new places/cultures and re-awaken her senses of awe and remembering.