Torah & Sexuality: Blood, Power, and Purity

Torah & Sexuality: Blood, Power, and Purity

December 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sixth & I
600 I St NW
DC 20001
Josef Palermo

Torah & Sexuality Series

Torah & Sexuality: Blood, Power, and Purity

A partnership of GLOE – GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC and Sixth & I, this series explores topics in Judaism relating to sexual expression and identity, presented in a contemporary queer context by rabbis and other Jewish educators. Classes are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Open to all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, contact

Take a deep dive into the traditions of niddah, Jewish laws regarding the separation of menstruating women from men. Discuss what’s gained and what’s lost by this practice, and how might it be meaningful for couples, both straight and LGBTQ. Led by JoHanna Potts, Education Director and co-founder of The Jewish Studio.

Each class is $18; if cost is a barrier to your participation, please email
This class is also fully inclusive of all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, contact
No one will be turned away from any of our classes due to lack of funds. For more information, please email

About the instructor:
JoHanna Potts: Education Director & Co-Founder, The Jewish Studio. JoHanna is the former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism. Previously, she served as Director of Education at Temples Solel and Shalom, Director of The Primary School at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Director of the Middle School at Gesher Jewish Day School. In 2006, she served as co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education at Duke University. She has been involved with the Edlavitch DCJCC Jewish Women’s Project and helped coordinate and lead the group’s text study activities. JoHanna currently teaches the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the Heritage series, a Women’s Torah Study Group, and conducts teacher training workshops.

The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE) is the LGBTQ outreach program of the Edlavitch DCJCC.  GLOE has been recontextualizing Judaism for a contemporary queer community since its founding by Stuart S. Kurlander over ten years ago.

Sixth & I is a center for arts, entertainment, and ideas and a synagogue that reimagines how religion and community can enhance people’s everyday lives.