Chanukah Extravaganza

Gear up for the Festival of Lights with SVARA’s Chanukah Extravaganza! SVARA Faculty, Fellows, teachers, and community leaders are offering up spaces across the country for rigorous, accessible Talmud learning as a spiritual practice leading up to and during Chanukah. 

At SVARA, we love learning texts where our sages show their work as radical change-makers who are building a new world. Chanukah, our beloved holiday of gelt, lights, and fighting hegemonic powers (😉) is one such moment of radical change-making and creativity. What’s so rad about Chanukah?! Join us to dig into a Talmudic text SVARA-style to find out! Over the next few weeks we’ll be adding locations, dates, and registration links, as well as learning resources for folks who want to grab a chevruta and learn on their own! Stay tuned here for more info about how to join a bet midrash near you!

FIND A BET MIDRASH IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

CHICAGO
Wednesday, Dec. 18 | Register!
Led by Rabbi Benay Lappe, Rosh Yeshiva

Tuesday, Dec. 24 | Register!
Led by Annie Kaufman, Grassroots Bet Midrash Leader

LOS ANGELES
Sunday, Dec. 15 | Register! AND Monday, Dec. 16 | Register!
led by Rabbi Benay Lappe, Rosh Yeshiva & Laynie Soloman, SVARA Faculty Member

NEW YORK 
Monday, Dec. 23 | Register!
Led by Laynie Soloman, SVARA Faculty Member

OAKLAND
Stay tuned for dates & registration info!

PHILADELPHIA
Wednesday, Dec. 18 & Thursday, Dec. 19 | Register!
Led by Rabbi Mónica Gomery, SVARA Faculty Member

ST. LOUIS
Monday, Dec. 23 | Register!
Led by Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael, SVARA Fellow

TWIN CITIES
Sunday, Dec. 22 | Register!
Led by Sara Lynn Newberger, Current SVARA Teaching Fellow

Are you gathering with your Queer Talmud comrades leading up to or during Chanukah to learn SVARA-style?! Let us know!

JOIN US ONLINE

ONLINE SHIUR
Thursday, Dec. 19 | Register!
5:30-6:30 PM Pacific / 7:30-8:30 PM Central / 8:30-9:30 PM Eastern
Led by Rabbi Benay Lappe, Rosh Yeshiva
Note: For Benay’s online shiur, learners will prepare the text in advance with their chevruta. When you register, you’ll receive a link with instructions for what material to prepare and how!

 

OR… GRAB A CHEVRUTA & LEARN ON YOUR OWN!

We’ve grabbed one of our fave sections from Masechet Shabbat, where the rabbis show their work in inventing Chanukah! (Talk about a blueprint for radical change-making?!) We’ll have a marked-off daf, Hint Sheets, Torah Verses Sheets, and all of the other goodies you need to grab a chevruta and bring the bet midrash to you. Download the resource packet here!