Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit writes playful, earthy and embodied poetry, including creative liturgy for the Jewish year cycle. She is a singer/songwriter whose powerful voice and soulful music bring life to selections of Hallel, the Song of Songs, and poetry by Mary Oliver.

Ilana is the grandchild and great-grandchild of Jews from Germany and Eastern Europe. She grew up in Montclair, NJ, and lives in Kingston, NY.

Ilana teaches creative and embodied approaches to Hebrew and Jewish holidays, and coaches Jewish leaders and seekers in living healthy, balanced, Jewishly empowered lives. She has taught Melody as Midrash to students of all ages, and is the melody matchmaker who put the Aramaic blessing “Brich Rachamana” to the Sanctuary song.

Ilana is a graduate of the Heller/Hornstein Program at Brandeis University and works at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation in Woodstock, NY.

You can read more of Ilana’s writing on the Open Siddur Project and on her Patreon page.

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