In today's world, we are often discussing the fluidity of gender, preferred pronouns, and educating other about these topics. During ancient times, the Rabbis also discussed gender in its various forms, and even identified several different genders in classical Judaism. Join us for a Torah study to delve into the multiple genders discussed throughout Jewish texts. Led by the Edlavitch DCJCC's Director of Jewish Engagement Darya Watnick and local Jewish educator Becca Benoff, class participants will be doing a deep dive into text in order to learn what Judaism says about interpretations of gender.
Each class is $10; if cost is a barrier to your participation, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
class is also fully inclusive of all, regardless of gender expression,
sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, please email
Stacey Herman at email@example.com.
About the instructors:
Darya Watnick Director of Jewish Engagement, Edlavitch DCJCC Darya is the Director of Jewish Engagement at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, focusing on programming for families with young children. She is also a current JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food/Farming and Environmental Education) Fellow with Hazon, a Jewish environmental nonprofit. Prior to working at the EDCJCC, Darya lived in Israel for three years, participating in the Yahel Social Change Program in Gedera before graduating from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she focused on social justice in religious texts. She has also studied with SVARA, the "traditionally radical" yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud and committed to the queer experience.
Becca Benoff Jewish Educator, Congregation Etz Hayim Becca has been teaching at Congregation Etz Hayim for two years. She also works full-time at the Edlavitch DCJCC where she provides support to the Jewish Life and Learning department. She attended The George Washington University where she studied Psychology and Judaic Studies. Becca holds an Isaac Mayer Wise Teaching Certificate from Gratz College, recognized by the Union of Reform Judaism.
The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE) at the Edlavitch DCJCC is the first and only full-time LGBTQ outreach program of any Jewish Community Center in North America. GLOE has been recontextualizing Judaism for a contemporary queer community since its founding by Stuart S. Kurlander over ten years ago.