Please join the Queer Mikveh Project in a community of queers and allies as we use the ancient Jewish ritual of mikveh in service of art and liberation!
As the cathedral in time begins, shabbat, we will gather for blessings, a shared meal and intention setting for mikveh. Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo and kohenet (Hebrew priestess) Rebekah Erev will lead our community of dreamers in setting individual and collective intentions for a mikveh in the Pacific ocean the next morning. We’ll make a piece of collective art with a shared vision for liberation. Please bring a journal and a physical object that needs a cleansing, to be transformed. Perhaps a rock, a photograph, a book or utensil.
The Queer Mikveh Project is an in process documentary film and art practice. The film follows radical artists and clergy people around North America who incorporate themes of mikveh into work to celebrate, liberate, and center queer imagination. The art practice sets out to create transformative queer mikveh experiences drawing on the wisdom of ancient theology and modern incarnations of queerness to heal the body/earth.
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SUGGESTED DONATION: $20.(No one turned away for lack of funds) All are welcome. You must attend the Friday workshop in order to participate in the Saturday mikveh.
Additionally, we are offering a $40 ticket with a copy of the Queer Mikveh Project zine and a $100 ticket with a specially-designed Queer Mikveh Project towel. These donations will go toward the development and production of the Queer Mikveh Project documentary film.
36% of profits raised from this event will be donated to support Tongva and indigenous solidarity work in the Los Angeles area.
This is a two-day event. Please select both dates in Eventbrite to register for this event.
WORKSHOP, SHABBAT DINNER, & RITUAL INTENTION-SETTING
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 • 7-9PM
SILVERLAKE JCC • 1110 BATES AVE, LA 90029
(we will some wine for ritual but please bring some too if you’d like to have it with your meal)
QUEER MIKVEH RITUAL at ZUMA BEACH in Malibu
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 • 10:30AM-NOON
26500 SEAGULL WAY, MALIBU 90265
(exact location will be announced at Friday event)
Please note: The Friday night meal and workshop are a preparation for the mikveh Saturday morning. Plan on coming to both.
Accessibility: Please do not wear scents to this event in order for the event to be accessible. This article explains more. The Silverlake JCC is ADA compliant, wheelchair accessible. The Malibu beach is accessible by a path, we will be going to the beach and to the water. You are welcome to come regardless if you plan on immersing in the water or not. If you have access needs, please contact the hosts at email@example.com so we can help problem solve. For past queer mikveh events we had been able to secure a beach wheelchair and that may be possible here as well.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Rebekah Erev is a queer, Jewish, feminist artist and ordained kohenet, Hebrew priestess. Erev self-published the Moon Angels / Malakh Halevanah Oracle Deck and co-founded a two-year collective art school, DIY Art School. Erev makes objects and creates public ritual as performance / ceremony invoking the scholarship of re-remembering as relevant, immediate and anti-colonialist. They have performed and shown their work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Open Engagement, CTRL + SHFT Collective, HÄXÄN Festival and (Re)Visions Film Festival. Erev is currently working on the project and film: Queer Mikveh Project. To learn more visit: rebekaherevstudio.com
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, arts educator, activist, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, California. Her work has been included in exhibitions and performances at Betti Ono Gallery, Root Division, Deli Gallery, Wavepool Gallery, Southern Exposure, SFMOMA, Kala Art Institute, Osaka Art University and the Berkeley Art Museum. She is the co-founder and lead curator at Nook Gallery, a gallery she started in her home kitchen. To learn more, visit lukazabranfman-verissimo.com/.