Matanot Lev | Gifts of the HeartToronto's Radically Inclusive Jewish Community
Jewish wisdom and spirituality accessible and open to people of all backgrounds
You’re welcome here
Inclusivity is truly valued at Matanot Lev, and ceremonies are meaningful and relevant to everyday life as opposed to just going through the motions of tradition… I always leave feeling more connected to the humanity that we all share.”
Matanot Lev | Gifts of the Heart offers meaningful experiences of Jewish spirituality for people of all backgrounds through Shabbat and Jewish holiday unservices, life cycle ritual facilitation (weddings, baby welcomings, funerals, memorials, blessingways and more), workshops and spiritual counselling.
Our primary goal is to widen the doorway to spiritual Jewish engagement for those who have felt left out. Matanot Lev provides deeply Jewish, welcoming, accessible, refreshingly modern and transformative experiences to Jews and seekers of all backgrounds. This community is fully inclusive to interfaith couples and families, LGBTQ+ folks, patrilineal Jews, Jews by choice, people of all abilities and anyone who has felt marginalized or alienated in mainstream Jewish spaces.
Founder, Kohenet Annie Matan
Your spiritual leader
Kohenet Annie Matan is the Founder and Spiritual Leader of Matanot Lev | Gifts of the Heart, Toronto’s radically inclusive Jewish community.
She is passionate about creating and facilitating meaningful Jewish experiences that are accessible and open to people of all backgrounds and is known for weaving contemporary and traditional Jewish wisdom, liturgy and music to ground and enliven the workshops, rituals, and unservices that she facilitates.
An ordained Kohenet Hebrew Priestess, she also earned a certificate in Experiential Education from the Pardes Center for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and studied for two years in the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal Rabbinic Ordination program.
Annie is also a proud Mama to her daughter, Grace Esther and partner to her husband, Stuart.
Lifecycle rituals and support
Personalized and customized ceremonies and spiritual guidance
Weddings, Vow Renewals & Pre-ritual Mikvah Ceremonies
Choose a wedding that feels like you. In your own words about each other, God/dess, marriage, spirituality and tradition. An experience that holds you and welcomes your family and community as they celebrate the next step on your journey together.
Birthway Blessings & Baby Namings
Honour your transition into parenthood with support, ritual and love and then welcome your child into your family and community, honouring all of your families traditions and identities with grace and joy.
Coaching, guidance and personal growth
I hold space for you to connect with your vulnerability and bravery to help you remember and get grounded in the real you and what you want.
Helping seekers find welcome and wisdom in Jewish spaces without leaving any part of themselves behind
Matanot Lev | Gifts of the Heart, offers opportunities to experience presence, song, authenticity and more love for everyone.
Matanot Lev was founded to make sacred, Jewish space available to those, like me, who felt a need to experience Jewish spirituality and wisdom in a contemporary, creative and out-of-the-box framework.
Annie is dedicated to widening access to Jewish wisdom and spirituality with offerings that are accessible and open to people of all backgrounds.
We offer experiences that are relevant, engaging and meaningful in people’s lives today. With an emphasis on kavanah over kevah, our Shabbatot, holidays, and workshops offer experiential modes of connection with self, community and spiritual wisdom through a Jewish lens. We chant, meditate, walk, co-create ritual, share, journal, make art, laugh, cry, hug, hide, seek and are found together. Community members and participants report feeling connected and engaged at a level they have felt nowhere else in their Jewish or spiritual lives. Matanot Lev experiences inspire people to come back to the community and to share what they are learning with friends and family to grow their spiritual and Jewish lives.
Embracing feminine God/dess and communal language, weaving in writings from other traditions, and prioritizing accessibility in all ways, it was the first explicitly post-halakhic Jewish prayer offering in Toronto.
If these values resonate with you and you are seeking an inclusive Jewish Community, you are welcome here.
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