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700 Benches: Teshuvah – A Radically Inclusive SVARA-Style Beit Midrash

Mondays April 9, 16 and 23 – 7:00-9:00pm at
Kehilla 1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont CA and
Mondays April 30, May 7 and 14 – 7:00-9:00pm at
Chochmat HaLev

Come and learn about the origins of teshuvah – relational repair!

$130 for members of Kehilla or Chochmat / $160 general ~ no one turned away for inability to pay.

We’ll study the original texts in their original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic. While all texts are studied in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, no prior text experience is necessary. If you’re willing to try, we’ll help you to learn!

You belong here if:

You want to study Talmud in a multi-level, student-centered, queer-positive space;
You know the Hebrew alef-bet and can sound out words, or you’re up for learning the alef-bet before April 9th (Kehillla is offering a 4-week class, at two different times, to help you get there – register here), or you’ve got more Hebrew/Aramaic skills/experience;

You’re up for learning in traditional Yeshiva style, with a study partner/hevruta. We’ll help people with similar text skills to pair up, or you can register with a study partner if you already have one.
You can commit to all six sessions. We know that unforeseen circumstances can arise, but it’s important that you plan to be at all six sessions. Each week builds on the work of the previous week, and it will be hard to catch up and participate fully if you miss a week. In addition, your hevruta depends on you for their learning as well!
Maggid Jhos Singer, Chochmat HaLev Congregational Leader
Rabbi Dev Noily, Kehilla Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Kehilla School Director
SAM Luckey, Kehilla Rabbinic Intern & Rabbinical student at Hebrew College
Jenna Stover-Kemp, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible at UC Berkeley and Kehilla member


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April 30


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States



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