Pedagogy Chaburah for Rabbis & Educators

Bring the magic of SVARA to your teaching! SVARA’s Pedagogy Chaburah for Rabbis & Educators is a rigorous learning space for rabbis and educators working in Jewish communities who are seeking to expand their pedagogical toolkits to include SVARA’s traditionally radical, empowering approach to teaching Talmud. Beginning with a deep dive into the practice of studying Talmud in SVARA’s method (y’all know, the old-fashioned way: hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive), this learning space will help you integrate elements of SVARA’s method into your classroom, bet midrash, or other teaching setting, and will include sessions on pedagogy and practical skill-building. 

About this Learning Space

This learning space is for folks who:

  • have learned Talmud with SVARA before and are interested in exploring or deepening their relationship to Talmud study as a personal practice
  • are experienced educators/facilitators with strong facilitation skills
  • lead with self-awareness, groundedness, humility, and mentschiness
  • have experience learning rabbinic texts in the original beyond the intermediate level (basic familiarity with grammatical structures like binyanim, ability to decode texts independently in SVARA’s method using bet midrash tools)
  • are committed to acknowledging and interrogating mechanisms of power and inequality in the world and the bet midrash
  • are interested and invested in incorporating elements of SVARA’s pedagogy & practice into their learning spaces

Calendar & Curriculum

This program will run from November 3rd, 2021 – June 1, 2022.

  • Weekly Synchronous Sessions: Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 PM ET
    • November – February | Learn and ground in SVARA’s method through weekly chevruta learning and shiur, accompanied by readings and reflections (approximately 4hr/week commitment total: 2hrs in weekly chevruta, 2 hrs in weekly shiur)
    • March – May | Explore SVARA’s pedagogical framework and approach (“COMP”) through workshops, readings, and reflections (approximately 4hr/week commitment total: 2 hrs in weekly chevruta or small groups, 2 hrs in weekly shiur)
    • June 1 | Siyum
  • Weekly Chevruta Learning: Each synchronous session will be accompanied by a weekly chevruta session.
  • Coaching & Observation: Each participant will have access to four 45-minute coaching sessions throughout the year with a SVARA faculty member


Tuition rates are indicated below. All learning materials, classes, and mentorship sessions are included in the cost of tuition. We are committed to accepting a cohort of learners with a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and class identities, and as such have created an individual calculation scale for tuition rates rather than a flat rate.

We ask participants to contribute 3-5% of their annual income as tuition for SVARA’s Pedagogy Chaburah. Annual tuition can be paid in full any time prior to the start of the first session in November,  or paid in installments throughout the year. Should this tuition scale be beyond your means, be in touch with Laynie to explore further reduced rates. A sample tuition calculation may be seen below, and we invite participants to calculate their own tuition rates when registering for the program.

Sample Tuition Calculation

Annual income Percentage of income Annual tuition
$10,000 3% $300/year 
$20,000 3% $600/year 
$30,000 4% $1,200/year 
$40,000 4% $1,600/year 
$50,000 4% $2,000/year 
$60,000 5% $3,000/year
$70,000 5% $3,500/year 
$80,000 5% $4,000/year
$90,000 5% $4,500/year
$100,000 5% $5,000/year



Registration for SVARA’s Pedagogy Chaburah for Rabbis & Educators will open on June 1, 2021.