SVARA’s Teaching Kollel is a two-year program, consisting of a learning year, followed by a pedagogy year. Both are structured around immersive retreats, Talmud learning faculty mentoring, chevruta study, and peer support for a holistic approach to teacher training. You can find a fuller overview and description of the program here. The program components include:
In the Learning Year (Sept 2020 – May 2021), Fellows will be expected to learn weekly in chevruta (2 hours), attend a weekly online shiur (2 hours), participate in a monthly online book club devoted to reading and analyzing important articles and books from the field of contemporary critical Talmud scholarship, and attend two four- to five-day in-person retreats.
In the Pedagogy Year (Sept 2021 – May 2022), Fellows will be expected to learn weekly in chevruta (2 hours), attend a weekly online shiur (2 hours), attend three four- to five-day in-person retreats, and teach two six- to eight-week SVARA-method bet midrash programs in their home community.
OVERVIEW & EXPECTATIONS
• weekly shiur (2 hours/week) – Fellows will participate in an online weekly shiur led by a SVARA faculty member to learn SVARA’s core texts
• weekly chevruta (2 hours/week) – Fellows will maintain a weekly (minimum 2-hour) chevruta practice with another Teaching Fellow
• retreats – During each year of the fellowship, we will convene for either two or three retreats. Participation is mandatory at all five retreats over the two years. Retreat dates will be released shortly.
• monthly mentorship meetings (1 hour/month) – Fellows will meet with a SVARA faculty member for one 45-minute-long mentorship meeting each month via video conference.
• rabbinics book club (2-5 hours/month) – Fellows will be active participants in an online book club devoted to reading and analyzing important articles and books from the field of contemporary critical Talmud scholarship.
• practicum (6 hours/week) – During the pedagogy year, Fellows will teach two six-to-eight-week batei midrash in the SVARA method—one in the fall, and one in the spring—either independently or in partnership with a local institution, with support, supervision, and coaching from SVARA Faculty throughout (PEDAGOGY YEAR ONLY)
• identify as queer or trans
• are experienced educators with strong facilitation skills
• lead with self-awareness, groundedness, and humility
• are committed to Talmud study as a personal practice
• are committed to acknowledging and interrogating mechanisms of power and inequality in the world and the bet midrash
• have significant experience learning in a SVARA bet midrash
• have significant experience learning rabbinic texts in the original beyond the introductory level
• are invested in creating transformative and empowering learning experiences
• are resourceful and skilled in community-building, organizing, and project management
• have the desire and intention to create a bet midrash learning community using the SVARA method
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