17 2024

Queering Ritual Adornment: Creative Beit Midrash

2:00PM - 4:00PM  

30 Cleary Avenue Or Haneshamah: Ottawa's Jewish Reconstructionist Community
Ottawa, ON K2A 33P6

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"Every creative act… adds to the meaning of life and is a revelation of the Divine." - Kaplan Diary, July 28, 1940

This series will offer opportunities to physically engage with Jewish traditions of art and ritual adornment. Historically, the world of tzitzit [fringes] and tallitot [prayer shawls] has been exclusionary of women and queer people, and spiritual technologies are not always accessible or visible as an option to contemporary reconstructionist Jews. Knowing that, this event is designed to center queer and trans Jews, though all are welcome!

Register and join for Rabbinic Student Léah Miller's 3-part virtual mini series, exploring the artistic pedagogy of the Jewish Studio Process, the art of play and Jewish creativity. Additionally, this class will be leading towards an in-person class in May, where you can make/finish adorning/design your own tallis! However, this class and practice is ultimately about process, not product, and it will be accessible and appropriate for absolute beginners and experienced artists.

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Sponsor: Funded by Reconstructing Judaism's Auerbach Launch Grant