Pedagogy Intensive

Bring SVARA’s *MAGIC* to your teaching! Join teachers, rabbis, and educators working in day schools, supplementary schools, yeshivas, adult education programs, after-school enrichment programs, and those planning to create SVARA-method learning in their own community, for a unique learning opportunity. Specifically designed for teachers of Talmud and Jewish texts, this training will give you additional tools to help you integrate elements of SVARA’s method into your classroom or other teaching settings, and will include sessions on pedagogy and practical skill-building. 

This course is being offered in Boston and NYC and will be led by SVARA Faculty members Laynie Soloman and Rabbi Mónica Gomery.


Sunday, March 22 – Monday, March 23 | The Nonprofit Center | Register!

Sunday, April 26 – Monday, April 27 | Center for Social Innovation | Register!

This intensive is offered with a sliding scale fee of $200-$375.

This training is for you if you’re a teacher (or aspiring teacher!) of Jewish texts. What does that mean and who does it include?!

  • Your teaching incorporates Jewish text in some way, including Talmud, Torah and Tanakh, Halakha, Parshanut, Hasidut, poetry, Siddur, Jewish thought, and other elements of the Jewish textual tradition, in translation or in the original language.
  • You incorporate elements of text reading, translation, and chevruta learning in your pedagogical toolkit.
  • You teach learners (of any ages) skills like critical thinking, dialogue, teamwork, and reflection, through the use of studying Jewish texts.


9:30am – 9:50am: Orientation to Materials & Who’s in the Room
9:50am – 12:45pm: Bet Midrash: Experiencing the SVARA Method
12:45pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Teaching Talmud to the 99%: How SVARA’s Methodology Creates Empowering & Transformative Learning Experiences
2:30 – 2:40pm: Break
2:40pm – 3:30pm: Culture, Orientation, Method, Pedagogy (COMP): Deepening Our Frameworks for Traditionally Radical Teaching
3:30pm -3:45pm: Break
3:45pm – 5:00pm: “Why Do I Teach What I Teach?” How Teaching with a “Take” Empowers Learners
5:00pm -6:15pm: Dinner Break
6:30pm -9:30pm: SVARA Pop-Up Bet Midrash Observation with Local Community

9:30am -11:00am: WTF Happened Last Night?! Nuts & Bolts of the Bet Midrash
11:00am -11:15am: Break
11:15am -12:45pm: Teaching in the Original: What Gets in the Way?
12:45pm -1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm – 2:15pm: Breakout Groups
2:15pm -3:00pm: Taking it Home: Personal Next Steps, Closing