Elana June Margolis is a Queer Jewish teacher, ritualist and priestess. Elana June is dedicated to realigning texts and ritual/ pedagogical technologies in service of the world we are co-creating: a world of peace, justice, beauty and Liberation for ALL Peoples.
Elana June stepped into her work as a ritualist in 2010 in the Bay Area with the Temple of Our Lips: A Coven for Queer Jewish Witches. Over the past decade, Elana June has produced 10 Purim Epics, collaborated on two Passover Haggadahs and hosted countless rituals and ceremonies.
Since the start of the 2020 Pandemic, Elana June has collaborated with a wide web of wild Queer Jewish minds to offer online space to connect to Source and community through the medicine and magic of the Jewish wheel(s) of the year. Recent co-lead offerings include the Eye of the Needle Kaddish Call and 5781: A Deep Dive Into Jewish Time.
Elana June has worked in the Waldorf World for over a decade. She received her certification at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training under Dorit Winter and served as a class teacher at the East Bay Waldorf School for four years.
Elana June makes her home in Lenapehoking AKA Brooklyn, NY where she serves as the Third Grade Teacher and Chair (Rosh/ Head) of the Lower School at the Brooklyn Waldorf School and is currently preparing for ordination as a Kohenet under Rabbi Jill Hammer and Taya Ma Shere.
Her commitment to creative, embodied education and ritual as a tool for aligning culture towards collective liberation is consistent in her work with children and adults.
"Elana’s commitment and devotion to doing everything she can to contribute to the birth of a radically re-imagined world, born on a foundation of liberation, justice, and absolute love for that which is Holy, is undeniable and unmistakable. I find her to be reliable throughout a vast expanse of diverse experience, which is to say that she is always right there, holding it all. She is a bridge-er of worlds, coaxing limiting perceptions out of their boxes and corners, and onto dance floors that buzz and boom with extravagant queerness, and make space for deep grief, joy, struggle, awe, broken-heartedness, questions, and pleasure, all to spin in a gorgeously untamed hora. Encountering Elana June’s way of being reminds me by glowing example how to take teeny step by teeny step towards the doorways of my own unabashed love of G-d, and powerful longing towards beautiful and deep liberation."
"Elana June is a truly magical human being and a gift to our people. They know how to take the core meaning of something, find its gayest and most radical facet, and amplify it/bedazzle it/serve it up on a silver platter and make it irresistible to taste. They have a clear channel and line of insight into the holiness around all of us, and are simply an ecstatic joy to learn & collaborate with."
- Binya Kóatz
"To be guided in Jewish space by Elana June is a gift. She holds us softly and safely, weaving together magic and mysticism. Her offerings are some of the spaces where I have felt most connected to my Judaism. She invites me to enter with every part of my being, the queer, anti-zionist, the skeptic, the newbie. I have deeply appreciated her and her contribution to the Jewish landscape."
"Elana June's inclusive and radical approach to connecting with spirit allowed me to reconnect with foundational elements of myself and develop new ways to consider bringing new practices into my daily routine."
-Faythe Levine (she/her)