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Sunday, June 16 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Mikvah: shedding light on an intimate Jewish ritual

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Used for conversions and to ‘purify’ a married woman after her period, the mikvah is a mysterious and politically contested place. Who gets to use the mikvah and when? Are ritual purity practices outdated and misogynistic, resulting from a male fear of women's bodies? Or can the mikvah be a sacred place for renewal, even in the 21st century? Join us to hear voices from across the community as they unveil this hidden world, exploring the origins of mikvah practices and examining their relevance in our modern lives.

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Rachel Kleiner

Rachel was born and lives in Sydney. She has studied Judaism both in Israel, and at the University of Sydney. She has always had a keen interest in orthodox feminism, and enjoys listening to different perspectives about Jewish issues. She currently works in the library at Moriah... Read More →

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Rivka Ray

Rivka was born in the Ukraine, with the name Regina Tyunev. Upon emigrating to Australia in 1979 she embarked on a search for identity and a sense of belonging. Through studying science, philosophies, and religions, Rivka began to delve into and reclaim her lost Jewish heritage. She... Read More →
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Jacqueline Ninio

Rabbi Ninio was ordained in 1998 and has been at Emanuel Synagogue, Woollahra, since then. She was the synagogue’s first female rabbi and the third Australian-born woman to receive rabbinic ordination. She has an interest in midrash, liturgy, and ethics and is an active leader in... Read More →
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Viva Hammer

Viva escaped to New York after law school in Sydney and couch-surfed till she became a Rebbetzin and had children. Then she escaped to Washington, where she advised Treasury on taxation, wrote a Jerusalem Post column and homeschooled her kids. She was a law firm partner when she was... Read More →

Sunday June 16, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT
Room 1