Chava is seated in a room that glows brightly with sunshine. They have short curly hair and are a white person wearing a cream colored wool sweater.

Chava Shapiro

( they/them )
SVARA Fellow

Chava Shapiro is a queer Jew dwelling on the lands of Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui peoples. They are invigorated by the way that Talmud acts as a conduit of ancestral conversations that span space and time. As an artist and writer they explore histories of resistance, identity, erasure, and collective memory. In 2019 they founded the Jewish Zine Archive, which serves as both an archival collection and digital Jewish cultural space. Their writing was featured in the anthology There is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart: Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists published by AK Press in 2021. They have participated in nearly 20-years of anarchist and community-based organizing through which they strive to root in Jewish histories of political and social resistance while engaging in acts of solidarity and co-creation with others.


Blog posts by Chava Shapiro

Expanding Torah in the Chat

Every weekday SVARA-niks gather for 30-minutes and move through a handful of words of the Mishnah, our Mishnah, with a…

Finding Home on the Daf

One year ago, in May of 2023, I found myself in yet another Zoom classroom. The class was “Torah &…