Women as Klei Kodesh (Sacred Vessels), Shaping Niddah (Purity) and Mikvah Rituals


Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning
Instructor: Kohenet D’vorah Grenn, PhD, Mashpi’ah (Read bio)
Day and Time: Tuesdays at 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time or 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Dates: 2/21, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 2023 (4 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $144 Generous financial scholarships available

This course provides an overview of two of the ways women shape culture: through creating traditions and relationship/s with water, especially handwashing customs and ritual bathing, and women’s blood rituals, from ancient menarche rites to contemporary rituals for first menstruation through to menopause.

Through interactive reflections on Judy Grahn’s text Blood, Bread, and Roses; Rahel Wasserfall’s Women and Water; the book of Leviticus; and the Babylonian Talmud, we will consider the question of what rituals give our lives special meaning, are affirming and restorative, and give us a chance to bring the sacred into our lives and relationships. All sources will be translated into English; no Hebrew is required.

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.

Canadian and other registrants from outside of the US: please email Cindy Bernstein to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.