Talmud Pedagogy Project with Hebrew College

The Talmud Pedagogy Project is a one-year program that trains Hebrew College rabbinical students and rabbinical school alumni to become joyful, empathetic, inclusive, and rigorous teachers of Talmud. The fellowship aims to create a cadre of rabbis who will bring Talmud study to the diverse range of communities they serve, whether that community be a synagogue, school, social justice organization, or senior living residence. Building on your Talmud training at Hebrew College, the fellowship is structured around study of theories of Talmud pedagogy, intensive immersion in the SVARA teaching methodology, and a mentored practicum.

The Talmud Pedagogy Project will be taught jointly by Rabbi Benay Lappe and Rabbi Dr. Jane Kanarek and is made possible in part through the generous support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

About this Learning Space

This learning space is designed for folks who are:

  • Hebrew College rabbinical students or an alums of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School
  • relatively confident learning Talmud in its original Hebrew/Aramaic, with a solid ability to translate and parse a talmudic argument
  • invested in learning how to create transformative, empowering, compassionate, and rigorous learning experiences
  • intrigued by the idea of making Talmud teaching part of your rabbinate
  • intrigued by the idea of making Talmud in its original Hebrew/Aramaic accessible to a wider audience
  • excited by the opportunity to create a learning culture and have the opportunity to put your ideas into action

Calendar & Curriculum

  • September – December 2021
    • Attendance at a CRASH Talk and SVARA Beit Midrash on October 10, 2021
    • Participation in a weekly semester-long course in Talmud pedagogy
  • January – May 2022
    • Participation in a five-day SVARA Teaching Intensive from January 18-21, 2022
    • Mentored development and teaching of a 6-session SVARA-style beit midrash