Queer Sacred Time

As a diasporic, multi-racial, multi-ethnic people, pretty much the only thing we can agree on as “Jewish” is how we mark time and this vibrant, paradoxical and joyous conundrum undergirds the commitment to come together for ritual, reflection, and to ground our work in Jewish ancestral connection. As a Jewish family, we don't have to agree on everything to be aligned in collective liberation and to engage our inheritance of tikkun ha'nefesh (healing our souls) and tikkun ha'olam (healing our world.)

FAQs

What is Queer Shabbat?

Queer Shabbat is a monthly online ritual space for reflection, connection, grounding in the sacred cycles of Jewish time, and a vegetarian pot-luck for anyone in New Mexico who identifies as Queer (and Transgender, Gay, Lesbian, Intersex, Non Binary, Gender Non Conforming, Enby, Dyke, etc … ) and considers themselves part of the broad Jewish community.  You’re invited to bring: candles, bread, a beverage for blessing, and also songs, poetry, movement, creative activities, and meditations from your heart. 

Who is this space for? 

Anyone in New Mexico who identifies as Queer (and Transgender, Gay, Lesbian, Intersex, Non Binary, Gender Non Conforming, Enby, Dyke, etc … ) and considers themselves part of the broad Jewish community

Can I come if I’m an ally?

Nope! 

In the work of dismantling structures of cultural dominance, affinity groups serve different purposes for dominant position people and for marginalized position people. So, there’s a relatedness here between the work of the JJC:A2W and Queer Shabbat, which are both affinity spaces. The work we do in the JJC:A2W (which is an accountability/affinity space for folks who hold a dominant position –> white) is to support learning, growth, and action towards dismantling racism as people who hold power and privilege. Queer Shabbat (which is for folks who hold a marginalized position –> Queer) is primarily a healing space for folks who are targeted by heteropatriarchy, to come together, connect, and build resilience.


A few resources to support understanding the usefulness of affinity space for marginalized groups:

The Power of Affinity SpacesMaking Space:  Affinity groups offer a platform for voices often relegated to the margins.

iWhite Anti-Racism Affinity Groups: I Used to Be a Skeptic, But Now I’m an Evangelist

Caucus and Affinity Groups (from Racial Equity Tools)

Is this an accessible space?

Yes!

As a part of our commitment to access we:

  • Provide captions for all sessions
  • Support different engagement styles with varying exercises and activities
  • Ask people to be on video as much as possible and understand we all have different capacities for engaging the camera
  • Encourage all participants to use visual descriptions of themselves
  • Practice using a combination of “chat” and verbal communications.

We craft our space with attention to how people with atypical ways of thinking, communicating, sensing, or moving, can easily navigate this environment, and we want to know about participants so we can adapt to the people in the room. (Thank you to the Never Again Action disability justice team for wonderful teaching and language to support this work.) You’ll see on the application form a place to tell us more about you.

How can I join you for Queer Shabbat?

If you would like to be added to the Queer Shabbat email list, please reach out and tell us a little about yourself including how you hear about Queer Shabbat.