Radical Ritual


My name is Jewlia and I am a lay cantor and Jewish ritual facilitator.  I perform a range of ceremonial practice, from weddings to baby namings, and teach people from bar and bat mitzvah students to conversion-curious adults.   I primarily work independently, but sometimes I do cantorial work in synagogues also. 

Jewish ceremonies draw together ancient music, rich and diverse texts, deep engagement with ideas and lively exchange. Ideally, they also draw on the life experience and passions of the participants.  If we work together, we will build on these traditional and personal elements, weaving a ceremony that is unique and authentic.




Jewlia Eisenberg is a composer, extended-technique vocalist, and founder of the nerdy-sexy-commie-girly group Charming Hostess. Her work explores the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousne
ss.   Recent recordings for Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture series include Sarajevo Blues, settings of Bosnian resistance poetry, and Trilectic, a look at the political-erotic world of Walter Benjamin.  She is now at work on The Bowls Project, an immersive performance installation based on sex and magic in Babylonian Jewish amulets.  Her work has been curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco and the Prague Bienalle. Jewlia has been an Artist-in-Residence at MIT and the University of Denver; she studied at Pardes and has degrees in Music and History from UC Berkeley.  She has sung services at Chochmat Ha-Lev in Berkeley, Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco, and B'nai Israel in Vallejo.  Brooklyn born and bred, she now lives in San Francisco.