The Queer Mikveh Project is a community, an advocacy tool and an art practice.
Mikveh, a powerful Jewish water ritual of transformation and healing is often not accessible to queer and transgender people because these spaces are segregated by gender. The Queer Mikveh Project creates space within Jewish ritual for those who have felt excluded because of transphobia, Ashkenazi centrism, homophobia, nationalism or because what has been presented to them hasn’t felt accessible or relevant to their experience. The project introduces people to the history and relevance of mikveh as it relates to queer liberation through events, literature, art and a participatory documentary film.
This slow building project is coming together with a lot of attention and focus to include Jews of color, converts to Judaism, Jews with disabilities and trans and non-binary Jews. We use our ritual tools with the intention of bringing healing to the Jewish people and to people’s who’s land we make home on. A part of our fundraising efforts go to Indigenous groups working to restore cultural sovereignty this means the Indigenous people of Turtle Island, and Palestine, whose futures have been forever marked by the violence of our settling there.
We will continue to give a large percentage of profits raised to Indigenous people who steward the land.
This project is a justice movement.
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