Upcoming Programs

There are many opportunities throughout the year to get some Talmud served up the old fashioned way—hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive—with SVARA! SVARA hosts pop-up bet midrash learning and immersive programs around the country, as well as regular weekly batei midrash in several cities. 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!

**PLEASE NOTE: In order to do our part to help everyone stay safe in this uncertain moment, we’ve decided to postpone our March & April Pedagogy Intensives and Spring Pop-Ups in Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and New York. We’ll be in touch with those of you who are registered for each of these programs with additional information and next steps. You can read our fuller response to COVID-19, and connect with SVARA virtually through our upcoming online learning opportunities.


Daily (Sunday-Friday) at 1:30 PM Eastern / 12:30 PM Central / 10:30 AM Pacific for 30 minutes

We meet daily to ground in our practice of learning & studying in community, digging into a mishnah each day from Pirkei Avot with SVARA Faculty & your Queer Talmud comrades. **No prior Hebrew experience or learning necessary to participate!** Learn more & register here!



Tuesday, March 31 at 8:00 PM Eastern / 7:00 PM Central / 5:00 PM Pacific | REGISTER HERE

Join us for a participatory CRASH Talk with SVARA’s Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Benay Lappe! The CRASH Talk is SVARA’s foundational philosophy of human change; a road-map through transformation–societal, religious, organizational, or personal; a core framework for understanding the Talmud and the rabbinic revolution that gave rise to it; and a way for us to understand the big questions of the moment.

No matter who we are, we’re collectively living through a moment of social and material transformation, and facing many unknowns as a society. At SVARA, CRASH theory helps us to orient ourselves in times of change, and to unpack our experiences in community. Whether you’re a SVARA newbie, or you’re a regular SVARA-nik, whether you’ve explored CRASH before, or this is your first time, we’d love to dive in and chart a path through the unknown together.


Queer Talmud Camp is a gathering of queer folks, radicals, and seekers who come together for five days to immerse themselves in rigorous yeshiva-style learning in warm, loving, and joyful community. At Queer Talmud Camp we build a vibrant learning space that celebrates queer culture, cultivates inter-generational relationships, and reveals the deeply rooted radical queerness of the Jewish tradition. This summer, we’re serving up FOUR Queer Talmud Camps! Apply today!


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