Learn with SVARA

There are many opportunities throughout the year to get some Talmud served up the old-fashioned way—hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive—with SVARA! We offer daily and weekly drop-in learning spaces, multi-week courses, special one-off events, and resources for you and your chevruta to learn on your own. 

All of our learning spaces—whether they’re drop-in courses or semester-long courses—follow SVARA’s accessibility protocols and aspire to our community norms.

Check out what’s comin’ up at your fave queer yeshiva, and we can’t wait to welcome to you to the SVARA bet midrash! Not sure where to start? Here’s how to get started on your Queer Talmud journey!


  • Mishnah Collective is a daily drop-in space where we’re working our way through Mishnah Berachot piece by piece, in the SVARA method. No prior Hebrew experience or learning is necessary to participate. Whether you can join every day, once a week—we can’t wait to learn with you! Monday-Friday at 1:30-2pm ET | 12:30-1pm CT | 10:30-11am PT LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE
  • The Oral Talmud, a weekly livestream-to-podcast show where Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Benay Lappe and Dan Libenson of jewishLIVE dig into a text and, on alternating weeks, interview the premier Talmud scholars of our time to bring the revolutionary ideas about the Talmud coming out of academia into public conversation and then into the bet midrash. | Thursdays at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM CT / 9:00 AM PT |  WATCH HERE


August 30th – September 20th, with optional live sessions on Tuesdays, August 30th, September 6th, 13th, and 20th at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT / 5 PM PT | ENROLL HERE

This Elul, we invite you to explore the practice of chevruta learning and joyful experimentation with SVARA’s Elul Chevruta Lovefest! Studying Talmud is a spiritual practice that is done in chevruta—in accountable partnership. These learning relationships require practice, attention, and work. What better time to tend to our chevruta relationships than Elul, the season of preparation for the Days of Awe?! We’ll provide materials for you and your chevruta to learn together with lots of support from SVARA along the way. Join us for four optional sessions, including a joyful kick-off, two beautiful open bet midrash sessions, followed by a siyum to MAJORLY clap y’all up! | ENROLL HERE



Grab your chevruta and dig in with these resources to help bring the bet midrash to you, wherever and whenever you’re learning!