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! Below you’ll find information about daily/weekly drop-in learning, as well as our lineup of upcoming multi-week classes. Check out what’s comin’ up at your favorite queer yeshiva, and we can’t wait to welcome to you to the SVARA bet midrash!

Daily or Weekly Drop-In Learning


Daily (except Saturday) at 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT / 10:30 AM PT for 30 minutes | REGISTER HERE!

We meet daily to ground in this uncertain time in our practice of learning & studying in community, digging into a chunk of mishnah (y’all remember, Torah 2.0!) from Masechet Avot (also known as Pirkei Avot) each day with SVARA Faculty & your Queer Talmud comrades. **No prior Hebrew experience or learning necessary to participate!** Whether you can join every day, once a week, or once in a blue moon–we can’t wait to learn with you!

THE ORAL TALMUD [online, live-streamed]

Weekly on Thursdays at 12:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM CT | 9:00 AM PT | WATCH HERE

Each week in The Oral Talmud, Benay Lappe & Dan Libenson offer an introduction to Talmud through a traditionally radical lens. In each session, Benay & Dan explore key stories and other material from the Talmud that was left there by the early Rabbis as a how-to manual for re-imagining Judaism after the previous version “crashes.” Alternating weeks feature conversations with scholars and thinkers on Talmud to understand the Talmud more deeply from the perspective of contemporary academic study and creative re-interpretation. There’s no registration required! Join each week, drop in whenever you can, or watch recordings of previous sessions here.


Not sure which learning space is right for you?! We’ll help you choose your own adventure here!


Section 1: Tuesdays, February 2nd – March 23rd (8 sessions), 4:00 – 6:00 PM ET | 3:00 – 5:00 PM PM CT | 1:00 – 3:00 PM PT | LEARN MORE

Section 2: Tuesdays, February 2nd – March 23rd (8 sessions), 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET | 7:00 – 9:00 PM CT | 5:00 – 7:00 PM PT | LEARN MORE

Join SVARA for a semester of Queer Talmud goodness specifically designed for folks who are new(er) to SVARA’s approach to Talmud study and want to learn in a queer-normative space! All you need is your alef-bet and we’ll have you learning in the original in no time!

This semester we’re serving up **two** sections of Queer Talmud for Beginner’s Mind. You can indicate your preferred section when you register.


Mondays, February 1st** – March 22nd (8 sessions), 8:00-10:00 PM ET | 7:00-9:00 PM CT | 5:00-7:00 PM PT | LEARN MORE

Draw from the juicy and joyous well of Talmud study and chevruta learning, and dig into a sugya that—on the surface—deals with questions of interpersonal harm, power, and oppression. As we learn this text, we’ll explore the ways in which the rabbis upgrade the tradition they’ve been given, offering us tools for radical change in our own lives. This learning space is an opportunity for learners of all levels & experiences to explore Talmud or develop their learning skills in a queer-normative community that is rigorous and joyful.

**There is a required orientation for new learners on Sunday, January 31st for folks who have not previously learned Talmud with SVARA!


Wednesdays, February 3rd – March 24th (8 sessions), 8:00-9:30 PM ET | 7:00-8:30 PM CT | 5:00-6:30 PM PT | LEARN MORE

Experienced & advanced learning at SVARA is not about covering more—it’s about going deeper. Get ready to go deep, and take your learning to the next level with a weekly shiur that will focus on rigorous attention to details and radical attunement to letters and historical layers. We’ll also explore supplemental texts to accompany and enhance our sugya. You’ll be expected to prepare in chevruta for 1.5-2 hours in advance of our weekly shiur.

This shiur is for serious, dedicated learners who have experience learning with SVARA, are very comfortable with SVARA’s method & approach to Talmud study, and are ready to maintain or significantly deepen their practice of learning with a chevruta. You must register for this shiur with a chevruta. Don’t have a chevruta? Hit up the Mixed-Level Bet Midrash and we’ll find you a match!


Thursdays, February 11th – March 25th (6 sessions**), 8:00-9:30 PM ET | 7:00-8:30 PM CT | 5:00-6:30 PM PT | LEARN MORE

We’re so excited to announce Conjugation for Liberation, SVARA’s 6-week Talmudic grammar class! Taught by Bet Midrash Fairy, SVARA Fellow, and systematic grammar nerd extraordinaire Amir Starr Weg, in this class you’ll liberate yourself from grammar’s obscurity, familiarize yourself with the Hebrew and Aramaic verb systems (binyanim), learn to recognize and conjugate Hebrew verbs, and gain new tools for decoding Aramaic conjugations.

**Note: There will be no class on February 25th because of Purim!

Want to bring SVARA-style learning to your community?! Fill out this form to get in touch with us!