Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Queering the Mikveh: Immersion for All
Edlavitch DCJCC

Queering the Mikveh:
Immersion for All

waterWednesday, July 20, 2016
7:00-8:30 pm
LOCATION: Edlavitch DCJCC (16th & Q)


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. 

Join 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.

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Adas Israel Community Mikvah

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:

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.

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1529 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

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