Queer Talmud Camp is a gathering of queer folks, radicals, and seekers who come together for five days to immerse themselves in rigorous yeshiva-style learning in warm, loving, and joyful community. At Queer Talmud Camp we build a vibrant learning space that celebrates queer culture, cultivates inter-generational relationships, and reveals the deeply rooted radical queerness of the Jewish tradition.
Update: We will not be convening Queer Talmud Camp as planned this summer at any of our four locations. We value, above all else, creating an accessible, joyful, vibrant intergenerational Queer community. While we are heartbroken, we know that we cannot convene in person this summer due to the current and potential threats related to COVID-19.
At SVARA we believe in the healing and transformative power of digging into our tradition as our full selves in Queer community. Queer Talmud Camp is one of the places that this work happens most powerfully. We are currently exploring a number of ways to do this powerful learning together in community in a way that honors and recognizes these changing circumstances. More information about these opportunities will be shared out soon. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to James with any questions, and we hope to learn with you again soon!
Whether you’re an advanced Talmud learner or an absolute beginner, Queer Talmud Camp is for you! All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and you’ll be learning Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic. We guarantee it!
The bet midrash (learning space) is mixed-level: Beginners learn the Talmud text and Rashi, and the more advanced learners go beyond the Talmud and Rashi into codes and medieval commentaries. All texts are learned in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, without translation. But don’t let that scare you! Remember, even if you can only sound out your alef-bet, you can do this!
Queer Talmud Camp is supported in part by generous grants from