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 COLLECTIVE [online]

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–we can’t wait to learn with you!


SUMMER SHIUR [online]

Thursdays June 18 – July 23 at 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM PT | REGISTER HERE!

Are you ready to make a weekly commitment to Talmud? This summer SVARA is serving up a SUMMER SHIUR, taught by Laynie Soloman, faculty member & SVARA’s Director of National Learning. Register today and join your Queer Talmud comrades for a weekly shiur that will enable you to deepen your learning practice in this uncertain time. Draw from the juicy and joyous well of Talmud study and chevruta learning, and dig into a sugya that shows us the power of midrash to create a useable past.


TEACHING FOR LIBERATION: A SVARA FACILITATION TOOLKIT [online]

Monday, July 13 at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM CT / 9:00 AM PT | REGISTER HERE!

Join SVARA for a training where we’ll share tools and techniques for liberatory learning in these times. As educators, facilitators, and spiritual leaders, many of us have had to learn very quickly how to reshape our practices, our teaching methods, and our pedagogies. This is a training for those of us responding to the unique challenges and opportunities of this current moment. We’re excited to share some ways we’ve learned to do this powerful work at SVARA, along with tips, tools, and frameworks for your own community spaces, classrooms, and batei midrash. All participants will be offered a 30-minute coaching session with a SVARA Faculty member after completing this training. Learn more!


QUEER TALMUD CAMP: DIASPORA EDITION [online]

Sunday, August 2 – Thursday, August 6 | REGISTER HERE!

We are so excited to be offering a new way to engage with the Queer Talmud Camp community this summer that honors and recognizes the changing circumstances in our society and affirms our commitment to creating an accessible, joyful, vibrant intergenerational Queer community. This five day, online experience is fully customizable, and you can opt-in for anywhere from 3-10 hours each day. Learn more here!


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.


 

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