Kohenet Shamirah Bechirah (Sarah Chandler) is a guardian of sacred texts, a weaver of earth-based rituals, and a visionary of modern Judaism. Rooted in tradition, she radically reignites the divine relationship for a contemporary integrated Jewish life. With compassion for all life, she renews ancient texts through adventure, spirit, and personal empowerment. Witnessing the source of life as interconnectedness of being, she co-creates, reveals, and enlightens in relationship with all that dances across her path. Whether you ask for a reading, a blessing, or simply space to listen, her presence will warm your soul and bring you peace.
Ordained as a Kohenet in 2015, she is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and earth-based spiritual leader. She recently served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon’s Adamah Farm, where she was responsible for Food, Farm, and Forest Jewish Educational Programming. Currently she is the CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) and team leader at JIFA (Jewish Initiative For Animals) where she supports Jewish institutions to establish meaningful food policies rooted in Jewish ethics and animal welfare.
She holds an MA in Jewish Education and an MA in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Jewish Communal Leadership from Columbia University. She teaches, writes, and consults on a national level on issues related to Judaism, earth-based spiritual practice, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming. Shamirah is studying as a shamanic healer apprentice at The Wisdom School of S.O.P.H.I.A.