Elul Extravaganza

Gear up for the high holidays with SVARA’s Elul Extravaganza! SVARA Faculty, Fellows, teachers, and community leaders are offering up spaces across the country for rigorous, accessible Talmud learning as a deep spiritual practice in service of teshuva and transformation leading up to the Days of AWE-some.

WHAT’S AN ELUL EXTRAVAGANZA?!

The teshuva process of spiritual inventory and personal stock-taking requires work and preparation, and doesn’t necessarily happen in the short span of the High Holidays. Luckily, the Jewish tradition has built in an entire month—the month of Elul—to allow us to do the kind of preparation that real teshuva requires.  

At SVARA we believe that learning Talmud, in chevruta and in community, has the power to open us to more love, more compassion, and more accountability in our lives. What better way to spend Elul than diving into the practice of Talmud study in a queer-normative community?! SVARA Faculty, Fellows, and community leaders are teaming up to bring you Talmud learning to enrich and deepen this powerful season. In batei midrash across the country, we will study the Jewish tradition’s unique wisdom on repairing relationships (with others, with ourselves, and with God), and explore what teshuva means to us personally and communally, all in a hardcore, queer, radically inclusive learning space!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be adding locations, dates, and registration links, as well as learning resources for folks who want to grab a chevruta and learn on their own! Stay tuned here for more info about how to join a bet midrash near you!

FIND A BET MIDRASH IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

BOSTON
Thursday, Sept. 12 | Wednesday, Sept. 18 | Tuesday, Sept. 24 | Register!
Note: Intro for New Learners on Tuesday, Aug. 27
Led by Rabbi Becky Silverstein, SVARA Fellow

CHICAGO
Tuesdays, Sept. 3 | Sept. 10 | Sept. 17 | Sept. 24 | Register!
Led by Annie Kaufman & Amir Starr Weg, Grassroots Bet Midrash Leaders

DC
Wednesdays, Sept. 18 | Sept. 25 | Register!
Led by Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, SVARA Fellow

NEW YORK 
Mondays, Sept. 9 | Sept. 16 | Sept. 23 | Register!
Led by Laynie Soloman, SVARA Faculty Member

OAKLAND
Sunday, Sept. 15 | Register!
Led by Rabbi Gray Myrseth, SVARA Fellow

PHILADELPHIA
Sunday, Sept. 8 | Register!
Led by Rabbi Mónica Gomery, SVARA Faculty Member

SEATTLE
Sundays, Sept. 15 | Sept. 22 | Register!
Led by Isaac Cowhey of Gaymara, Grassroots Bet Midrash Leader

ONLINE SHIUR
Thursdays, Sept. 12 | Sept. 19 | Sept. 26
Led by Rabbi Benay Lappe, Rosh Yeshiva

OR… GRAB A CHEVRUTA & LEARN ON YOUR OWN!

Download learning materials here! We’ve pulled one of our favorite sections from the Eighth Chapter of Masechet Yoma, where the Rabbis talk big time about the transformative power of teshuva. We’ve got a marked-off daf, Hint Sheets, Torah Verses Sheets, and all of the other goodies you need to grab a chevruta and bring the bet midrash to you.