Niddah and Queer Experience

  • 7 - 9 pm
  • Mayyim Hayyim
  • $120

For many queer and trans folks, talking about our bodies can be complicated; even more so in the framework of Jewish practices around menstruation. Join us for study and conversation about niddah (the practice of abstaining from sexual intimacy around the time of menstruation) within the context of queer relationships and bodies. We’ll talk about building healthy, holy relationships as we engage with traditional Jewish texts, voices from the queer community, and our own experiences. This course will focus on queer and trans voices and is open to people of all genders, sexualities, and experiences with menstruation.


Rabbi Becky Silverstein (he/him/his) believes in the power of community, Torah, and silliness in transforming the world.  He strives to build a Jewish community and world that encourages everyone to express their full selves, and is passionate about learning in queer affirming and anti-racist spaces.  Becky currently serves as the Rabbi-in-Residence for Keshet Shabbatonim, and Program Manager / Co-teacher at the Boston Teen Beit Midrash. Becky is the chair of the boards of The Jewish Studio Project and SVARA: A traditionally radical yeshiva, and sits on the board of Keshet. Becky received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

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Registration Questions?

Contact Betsy More at or call 617-559-8736. Tuition assistance is available — don’t let cost be a barrier.

Questions about the Program?

Contact Associate Director of Education, Leeza Negelev at or call 617-244-1836 x203.

Niddah and Queer Experience is offered in partnership with Open Circle Jewish Learning, a Hebrew College Adult Learning program sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies. This program is cosponsored by Keshet.