For two decades SVARA has offered immersive, joyful, and radical learning that centers queer and trans folks.
No matter who you are or how you identify, we invite you to dive into our offerings.
No matter where you are in your learning journey, we want you to feel at home at SVARA.
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SVARA events are community-centered spaces to learn with and from each other. Check back here to know what’s coming!
Check out these offerings led by folks who have found a home in the SVARA bet midrash.
The Jewish Fabulous Research Parties | Mondays, July 10th, 17th and 24th at 6 – 8 PM ET
Offered collaboratively by Toby King and Cliel Shdaimah
The Jewish Fabulous is an artistic and educational resource dedicated to providing Queer-Jews pathways to their textual ancestors. We are celebrating and expanding on their stories through continuing the centuries-long tradition of radically interpreting Jewish sacred texts by joyously and purposefully reading Queerness into them.
We are calling on our SVARA community to help bolster this project by joining us for three intensive sessions of collaborative learning and deep-dive text study. We are looking for folks who want to stretch and expand their research skills, and go searching for midrash and commentaries in text and online. Each session, we’ll provide a few figures of interest and potential Queer readings of them as a jumping off point for solo and chevrutah-ed resource gathering. Sign up to attend any or all sessions, and learn more here!
Revolutionary Reading Group | Every other Wednesday beginning May 3, 2023
Offered collaboratively by The New Synagogue Project, Shel Maala, the Torah Studio, and Synagogues Rising
Last month, the Trans Halakha Project released eleven glittering gems of brand-new knowledge into the world: ten teshuvot, practical papers on applying Jewish law to our lives, each written on a different facet of the trans experience, and Tefillat Trans, a pocket-sized prayerbook of Jewish blessings and rituals for moments of trans experience. Their authors create “euphoric halakha”—not dysphoric halakha—by bringing their own experiences of transness to questions of transness as has never been done before in Jewish history. Join the Revolutionary Reading Group as they hold one another accountable in learning from and bearing witness to these euphoric halakha resources.
QueerCoreTalmud | Sundays, July 16-August 20, 2023
Offered by SVARA Fellows Maggid Jhos Singer and Julie Batz
Check out this uplifting, queer-normative, and inclusive 6-week combination of Original Ink and QueerCore Talmud, through the Beit Midrash of the JCC of San Francisco. Class information and registration available starting June 5.