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! 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!


DROP-IN MISHNAH CHABURAH/COLLECTIVE: PASSOVER EDITION [online]

Thursday, April 9 – Thursday, April 16 (except Saturday) at 1:30 PM Eastern / 12:30 PM Central / 10:30 AM Pacific 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!) each day with SVARA Faculty & your Queer Talmud comrades. **No prior Hebrew experience or learning necessary to participate!** Over Passover, we’ll learn a mishnah that explores the core themes of this holiday season and the rabbis’ invention of the seder, as we investigate kind of person Passover wants us to become and what it might mean for us in this moment. Whether you can join every day, once a week–we can’t wait to learn with you!


HOW TO LEARN TALMUD [online]

Sunday, April 19 at 11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 8:00 AM PT   -OR-   Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM PT | REGISTER HERE!

At SVARA, we believe that learning Talmud is one of the Jewish tradition’s most powerful tools for radical change-making, and for helping us become better, more whole, more resilient, and more connected human beings.

Specifically designed for those who have never learned Talmud in SVARA’s method before, this online workshop will support you on your journey to becoming what we call a “player,” someone empowered with the skills to play in, with, and through the tradition. This workshop will support new and seasoned SVARA-niks in developing their skills and familiarity with SVARA’s traditionally radical approach to Talmud in order to a) participate in a local bet midrash community, b) learn Talmud independently using resources from SVARA or beyond.


THE WAY OF TALMUD: SPRING LEARNING @ SVARA

What is this practice we love so much, and how can it speak to and support us now? Our yeshiva community is hunkering down, and serving up new opportunities to stay grounded and connected this season, through THE WAY OF TALMUD: SPRING LEARNING @ SVARA. We’ll have opportunities for learning and connection that guide us in this season between Passover & Shavuot, in which our communities for hundreds of years have spent time learning as we gear up for revelation.

We’re serving up: LOCAL BATEI MIDRASH (community-based learning) led by Faculty, Fellows, and Grassroots Bet Midrash Leaders; COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS in which we’ll explore the wisdom that we all, anchored in and inspired by our tradition, are navigating this current moment; and our MISHNAH COLLECTIVE, in which we’ll ground daily in the practice of studying, digging into the traditions of our ancestors with our Queer Talmud comrades. Join us this spring!


LOCAL BATEI MIDRASH [online]

Through local batei midrash (which will meet virtually), SVARA Faculty, Fellows, teachers, and community leaders are offering up spaces across the country (and beyond!) for rigorous, accessible Talmud learning as a spiritual practice in the weeks between Passover and Shavuot. We believe in the power of nurturing local communities and relationships at this time, even as we increase access to communities across time and space.

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

LIST OF LOCAL BATEI MIDRASH + REGISTRATION INFORMATION

BOSTON
Tuesdays, April 28-May 19 | 6:45-9:00 PM ET | REGISTER!
Led by Rabbi Becky Silverstein, SVARA Fellow

CHICAGO
Wednesdays, April 22-May 27 | 7:00-8:30 PM CT | REGISTER!
Led by Annie Kaufman, Grassroots Bet Midrash Leader

JERUSALEM
Sundays, April 19-May 24 | 7:00-8:30 PM IT | REGISTER!
Led by Uriel Levy & Mimi Farb, Grassroots Bet Midrash Leaders

OAKLAND
Stay tuned for dates, times, and registration info!
Led by Rabbi Gray Myrseth & Rabbi Dev Noily, SVARA Fellows

PHILADELPHIA
Tuesdays, April 28-May 26 | 7:30-9:00 PM ET | REGISTER!
Led by Rabbi Mónica Gomery, SVARA Faculty Member

SEATTLE
Stay tuned for dates, times, and registration info!
Led by Isaac Cowhey, Grassroots Bet Midrash Leader

TWIN CITIES
Tuesdays, May 12-26 | 7:30-9:00 PM CT | REGISTER!
Led by Sara Lynn Newberger, SVARA Fellow


CRASH TALK WITH RABBI BENAY LAPPE [online]

Stay tuned for more dates about upcoming CRASH Talks. If you’d like to bring the CRASH Talk to your community (virtually), please be in touch with us!

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.


 

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