Ritual Reconstructed Revisited: continuity and signalling the future. Aka. “Ritual Reconstructed: The Online Hanukah Edition”

  • Kochberg, Searle (PI)
  • Greenfields, Margaret (PI)

Project Details


The event (offering eight panels to symbolise the eight days of Hanukah) foregrounds the voices of community and religious leaders’ voices; and NOT academia, for the simple reason that ritual practice is formulated through ‘doing’ and enacting, via social action and through collaborative engagement and debate.

In this globally challenging and politically charged period, this event creates an opportune moment for those involved in LGBTQI+ religious practices to meet up and reflect on continuity; change; future directions; and emergent developments in relation to faith; rights; inclusivity; representation and well-being of LGBTQI+ people of faith. These themes are contextualised and framed through foregrounding the experiences of LGBTQI+ Jewish communities, whilst offering scope for transferability of concept and practice to other faith contexts.

Layman's description

Ritual Reconstructed Revisited is a pop-up one series of discussion panels and presentations which builds upon the original Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Ritual Reconstructed collaborative project which worked with film, performance, photography, installation, music and storytelling to explore the ways in which Jewish people, who identify as LGBTQI, engage in religious and community life.

The original project was a collaborative community and academic partnership led by Professor Margaret Greenfields of Buckinghamshire New University with Liberal Judaism, the University of Portsmouth, and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. Many other community members and community partners particularly the Jewish Cultural Centre for London (JW3) were involved at different stages of the project.

Key findings

The aim of this free symposium is to bring together LGBTQI+ (secular and religious), Jewish and interfaith community members/representatives and creatives, and academics working or engaged with issues of representation, ritual life, wellbeing and creativity. The suite of co-produced activities is led by LGBTQI+ people of faith, in collaboration with allies.
Short titleRitual Reconstructed Continuity
Effective start/end date15/12/2017/12/20


  • queer
  • Jewish
  • LGBT+
  • ritual
  • community
  • co-creativity


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