These are some examples of sessions that will be held during the 2024 QJOC Shabbaton, February 16-18. These are just a sampling of the activities and programs planned and are subject to change.

Weaving our Identities: Challah Baking

Discover the harmony within your intersecting identities through the art of challah baking. Join us in baking challahs while enjoying tunes led by Kohenet Dr. Harriette Wimms, founder of the JOC Mishpacha Project.

Bringing in the Sabbath Kween: Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv

As the sun sets we’ll gather to light candles, marking the beginning of Shabbat. Friday evening services, beginning with Kabbalat Shabbat or “Receiving Shabbat” will be led by Joshua Maxey, Executive Director of Bet Mishpachah.

Incorporating Queer and BIMPOC Jubilee Practices in Shabbat

Start off the day by gathering for Shabbat morning services. Dive into a customizable experience with a BIMPOC LGBTQIA+ Guide made by Kadijah Spence. Kadijah will lead the group through a service that reflects the beauty of Queer Jews of Color.
Artwork by Ayeola Omolara Kaplan

Caring for Ourselves and Our Communities

Together, let’s take a pause… As we delve into personal work and reflection, we might need a little TLC to foster a greater sense of physical and psychological well-being. This grounding session, using Jewish text, wisdom, and traditions, is sponsored by the Mitsui Collective and will be guided by Enzi Tanner from Bend the Arc.

Havdalah Candle Making Class

Immerse yourself in the art of crafting Havdalah candles, connecting you to the beauty of Jewish ritual with a hands-on experience. We’ll engage in the practice of Havdalah, weaving in the layers of ourselves to the rich tapestry of Jewish tradition. This session is led by Keshet’s JOC Program Manager, Sage Cassell-Rosenberg.

Stories for Liberation

Your presence and story matter. Join us in elevating our voices and celebrating our identities by building bridges of understanding. Led by Story District, which the Washington Post recognized as the “gold standard” in story-telling. Join for an empowering session for newcomers and beginners to learn how to confidently share your story.

Shabba-TONE: Dance to the Beat of your Own Jewish Drum

Celebrate queer Jewish joy with music! Participants will be invited to bring their headphones for the “Shabba-Tone” silent disco as we dance to the beat of our own unique Jewish drum with our QJOC community!

Closing Shabbat Rituals and Song

Havdalah, the ritual to end Shabbat, starts once three stars are visible in the sky. We’ll gather by the fire to reflect on the sweetness of Shabbat and bring the feeling of community to the rest of the week.

Shrugging off Imposter Syndrome and Owning Your Badassery

Imposter Syndrome prevents many of us from stepping into our power and living authentically. This workshop, led by Kiyomi Kowalksi, will help you claim your badassery and show up authentically in all spaces at all times, even when it’s uncomfortable.