Kohenet Annie Matan is known for using songful prayer to weave ancestral and family traditions together with contemporary, feminist values. She comes to the DJC with her soulful voice and deep Jewish knowledge to facilitate spiritual engagement through music and prayer.
As a leader in the Jewish community, Annie was in the first cohort of ordained Hebrew Priestesses in 2500 years, through the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, in 2009. In addition, Annie earned her BA in Humanities through the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, a Certificate in Experiential Education at Pardes, and studied for two years in the ALEPH Rabbinic Ordination Program.
Annie brings diversity to whatever she does and to who she is – whether it is through finding ancient or contemporary Jewish music from all over the world, or as a Jewish, Queer, Polyam single Mama. Annie is passionate about supporting people of all genders and faiths to feel seen, heard, and held as their whole selves in all spaces in their lives. Annie joined DJC’s recent Earth Hour Coffee House where we experienced her joy of music and song.
You can find out more about her work at linktr.ee/anniematan.