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“Thrilling, creative, accessible, queer. Would you believe us if we told you we were describing the Talmud, the foundational work of rabbinic Judaism?”

– Julie Batz and Noah Westreich, SVARA Teaching Fellows

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.

Explore what we learn and how we learn it

4-weeks of online learning and in-person day camps popping up in 5 cities across the country

SVARA 101

No matter where you are in your learning journey, we want you to feel at home at SVARA.

Scroll through the sidebar to identify the starting point that most resonates with you. We’ll help you find a good place to dive in.

I’m new!

We’re so glad you’re here! All learning at SVARA starts with the CRASH Talk. You’re also invited to check out these “I’m new” resources:

I want to find community.

One of the best ways to build community at SVARA is by attending our daily 30-minute learning space Mishnah Collective. We also offer a collection of affinity spaces with spiritual frameworks and recurring community events. Check out the Trans Halakha Project, the Disability Justice Torah Circle, and the Communal Loss Adaptation Project.

I want to go deeper with my Talmud practice.

We can relate! Nurture an independent Talmud practice, or consider entering one of our teacher training programs.

SUMMER 2024

Where the tools of our tradition are y’all’s for the taking!

A table is filled with colorful learning materials and a SVARA rainbow strip lays beneath a Jastrow dictionary. Two hands are atop the materials, pointing. Purple text boxes with white lettering read "summer zman! hot talmud summer starts june 17." the SVARA logo appears in top right and a purple border makes the announcement look complete.
Two learners are seated outdoors on a painted wooden bench in a wooded and grassy area facing each other. The learned on the left is a white person with long purple, curly hair and wearing a black floral dress. They are smiling towards their chevruta, a white person with short brown hair who is wearing all black while holding a volume of Talmud in their hands. Blue green text boxes with white lettering read “talmud day camps, coming to five cities this august!” the SVARA logo appears at top right and a blue green border makes the announcement look complete.

Summer Zman kicks off with online offerings on June 17th through July 9th. We can’t WAIT to get back to the bet midrash!

Save the date! Join SVARA for a day of in-person Talmud learning as we pop up in five cities across the country throughout August. Registration will open in early June.

Tuition Info

Suggested scale: 

Day Camp: $75-300

Online offerings: $75-300

Tuition for learning spaces at SVARA is always pay-what-you-can, and no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. We firmly believe that our learning spaces are made better by having participants from wide & varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and we’d never want learners to undergo financial tension to access learning. When we say “no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds,” we mean it!

SVARA uses your tuition to defray the costs related to accessibility, program tech, teaching, and administrative support. The bottom of our scale reflects the “hard cost” of our program, which covers accessibility costs, program tech, and materials. The top of our sliding scale reflects the “true cost” of our programs, which includes accessibility, program tech, and materials, as well as teaching and administrative support.

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Questions?

Schedule some time to chat one-on-one with SVARA Staff!