More About SVARA’s Teaching Kollel

Program Overview

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, including tuition information. The program components include:


In the Learning Year (Sept 2022 – May 2023), 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 2023 – May 2024), Fellows will be expected to learn weekly in chevruta (2 hours), attend a weekly online shiur (2 hours), explore and analyze articles & readings about critical pedagogy / democratic education, attend two  two four- to five-day online intensives  and teach two six- to eight-week SVARA-method bet midrash programs in their home community or online.


Ideal Applicants

• identify as queer or trans
• are experienced educators/facilitators with strong facilitation skills
• lead with self-awareness, groundedness, humility, and mentschiness 
• are committed to & passionate about 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 had at least three years of experience learning in a SVARA bet midrash and/or in the SVARA method in chevruta
• have experience learning rabbinic texts in the original beyond the intermediate level (basic familiarity with grammatical structures like binyanim, ability to decode texts independently in SVARA’s method using bet midrash tools)
• 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 that opens up access to Talmud learning to queer and marginalized people

In 2020, SVARA’s Teaching Kollel was highlighted as one of Slingshot’s 10 to Watch! Read the reflections of our Fellows & Faculty:

Applications for Cohort 5 of SVARA’s Teaching Kollel, which will run from Fall 2022 – Spring 2024, are due on May 1, 2022.

Apply Here