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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

Our calendar of virtual gatherings

Weekly learning for folks of all backgrounds!


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.


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

Another unforgettable season of SVARA learning starts February 26th.

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Spring Zman runs from February 26th to April 18th and we can’t WAIT to get back to the bet midrash! While registration is now closed, there are plenty of drop-in spaces throughout the week for learners of all backgrounds.


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

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Disability Justice Torah Circle

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