Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Adjunct Faculty


Taya Mâ Shere plays passionately in the realm of transformative ritual, embodied vocalization and ancestor reverence, and is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Organic Multireligious Ritual at Starr King School for the Ministry. She is co-founder and Rav Kohenet of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership and Siddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook. Taya Mâ hosts the acclaimed Jewish Ancestral Healing podcast and offers online courses in Embodied Presence, Jewish Ancestral Healing, Pleasure as Prayer and the Path of Practice.  Taya Mâ is the creator of the Liberate Your Seder Haggadeck, co-creator of The Omer Oracle  and Divining Pleasure decks, and her Hebrew Goddess chant albums — This Bliss, Wild Earth Shebrew, Halleluyah All Night and Torah Tantrika — have been heralded as “cutting-edge mystic medicine music.”  With Sheikh Dr. Ibrahim Baba Farajaje, SKSM provost of blessed memory, Taya Mâ co-founded a multireligious Jewish and Sufi Muslim spiritual community committed to counter-oppressive devotion – their new album Makam Shekhina is a weaving of Ibrahim Baba’s teachings with their pulsing Hebrew & Arabic prayer. | @tayatransforms