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New Programs for JoC Clergy & Spiritual Leaders

Having heard the desire for an online space for JoC clergy and spiritual leaders, and those aspiring to become them, and a collective interest in sharing Divrei Torah sermons and teachings by and for JoC, we have developed the following two projects. We also welcome any questions, curiosities, or additional project ideas you may have.  


JoC Clergy & Spiritual Leaders Facebook Group

We are excited to launch a new Facebook group for sitting, to-be-ordained, and aspiring JoC clergy and spiritual leaders! We invite you to use this group, led and moderated by Kohenet Dr. Harriette Wimms & Rabbi Shais Rishon, to connect, thought-partner, process opportunities and challenges, and dream with your peers. 

  • Please add yourself to the Facebook group
  • Please invite any other current or future JoC clergy or spiritual leaders here.

JoC Divrei Torah Collective

JoCI will be launching a new initiative to archive existing Divrei Torah and invite new scholarship by and for JoC clergy, to be collected and organized by Chaplain and Shaliakh Tzibur Sabrina Sojourner on the JoCI’s website. The initial phase of this project over the coming months will focus on existing Divrei Torah, to be followed by a period of collecting newly crafted pieces for the

  • Please reach out to Sabrina here if you’d like to share existing teachings, sermons, or Divrei Torah to be included in our online
    • To contribute, insert your name by the parashah or parshiyot you will be contributing content for here. Contributions will receive a $250 honorarium.


Clergy & Spiritual Leader Bios

Dr. Harriette Wimms
Kohenet Dr. Harriette E. Wimms is a Maryland licensed psychologist who provides compassion-infused mental health care to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Kohenet Wimms is a prayer leader in both the Kohenet: Hebrew Priestess community and Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl. She is the driving force behind Hinenu JOC and the Jews of Color Mishpacha Project.

Rabbi Shais Rishon
MaNishtana is a writer, playwright, speaker, novelist, and rabbi, whose work takes prejudice, bias, and ignorance head on with a humorous and often irreverent voice that shatters the misconceptions of Orthodox Judaism, American Jewish racial identity, and African-American religious identity, with gut-punching insights and gut-busting sarcasm. And just a touch of bourbon. And then another touch after that. 

Sabrina Sojourner
Shaliakh Tzibur, Co-Founding Director of KHAZBAR, and Writer/Educator Sabrina Sojourner has been leading services, teaching, and cultivating curiosity within Judaism for nearly 20 years. She’s been a featured speaker, scholar-in-residence, and faculty at synagogues, conferences, retreats, and Shabbatons across the country. 

Date Posted

May 2022