Queering the Mikveh:
Immersion for All
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
LOCATION: Edlavitch DCJCC (16th & Q)
ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
This ain't your bubbe's mikveh. The
mikveh (ritual immersion) has been reclaimed as a modern Jewish ritual (for all genders) as a site of dynamic radical inclusion
- not in spite of tradition, but because of it.
Learn how this ritual immersion has expanded to
include contemporary life events that signal a new start, commemorations, and commitments. Events like:
- gender affirmation immersion, marking a meaningful transition moment (for example, when a trans person has declared their new name, or has begun using their new pronouns)
- claiming the title of "survivor" after a period of hardship
- pre-wedding immersion for people of all genders, whether in same-sex weddings or not
- healing after community trauma
After the discussion (with plenty of guidance!), we'll consider lots of options and create new rituals centering around LGBTQ community life. You'll be given tools to put together your own language and ceremonies - from mix-and-match with ready made pieces, to space to write your own passages.
Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Director of InterfaithFamily/DC, and Halley Cohen, Director of GLOE, to
explore all the old stereotypes, the "new rules" around reclaiming this powerful ritual, and the ways in which the mikveh can be a place of radical inclusion.
Presented by GLOE and InterfaithFamily/DC, and in partnership with Adas Israel Community Mikvah
We'd love all who are interested to be able to attend! If cost is a barrier for you, please choose the "No Barrier" ticket option. Please contact Halley at GLOE, with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As with the ritual of immersion itself, we welcome people of all traditions and backgrounds to attend. Partners, friends and family members of other backgrounds interested in learning about this Jewish ritual are welcome at this interfaith inclusive event.