Celebrating and Creating Jewish Queer Ritual | Reconstructing Judaism

Celebrating and Creating Jewish Queer Ritual

In collaboration with Ritualwell

Facilitated by Rabbi David Dunn Bauer

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20

$108 for three sessions

Question: What makes a Jewish ritual queer — the keva (structure) or the kavannah (intention)? Answer: Yes.

We will examine traditional Jewish texts and rituals to find the queerness within them, then take a look at the contemporary queer rituals housed on Ritualwell, such as prayers for coming out, wedding ceremonies, name-change ceremonies, blessings for gender transition, mourning rituals and more. Drawing inspiration from these classic and modern sources, we will work independently and collaboratively to create queer rituals to be shared with one another and submitted to Ritualwell if we so choose.

Rabbi David Dunn Bauer is acting director of the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Student Life at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In addition to a decade of congregational work, he served for four years as social justice programming director for Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in NYC. In 2011 he became the first Jew to earn the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He is a sought-after teacher on a range of topics, including Queer Theology, Sex and Gender in the Hebrew Bible and the Torah of HIV.