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SVARA Traditionally Radical Bet Midrash

Sunday,April 29, 2018 – 10:30am-5:30pm
Location: Chochmat HaLev


Hey Queer Jew BAY-bes! (Get it?!) We’ve been pining over you since our last rendezvous, so we’re coming back this April for another fling!
Register now to save your spot (sliding scale $18-72)

Join us for a full day of learning, SVARA-style: Talmud served up the old-fashioned way—hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive. We’ll learn a complete Talmud text, start to finish, to complete memorization and with deep and total ownership. All you need to know is your alef-bet to do it! Really! Come with a friend to be your chevruta (study partner) or we’ll hook you up.

Whether you’ve never learned Talmud before or you’re an advanced learner, SVARA’s bet midrash (learning community) is for you! All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and you’ll be learning Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic within your first hour. We guarantee it!
PLEASE NOTE: The CRASH Talk is a prerequisite for learning in the SVARA Bet Midrash. Anyone who plans to attend Sunday’s day of learning and has not yet heard the CRASH Talk (in person!) should watch Benay’s ELI Crash Talk.

What books do I need?
We will provide you with everything you need in order to learn SVARA-style!

If you have your own dictionaries for studying Talmud (A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature, by Marcus Jastrow and The Practical Talmud Dictionary, by Yitzhak Frank) please bring them along! If you’d like to borrow these dictionaries for the day, please indicate this on your registration form.
We’ll be learning from Masechet Sanhedrin, one of the tractates of the Talmud. If you have a copy of Masechet Sanhedrin (the Vilna Shas printing—no vowels or translation!) please indicate that and plan on bringing it with you!

And, live on Saturday night…
We are hosting a get-together at Urban Adamah for SVARAniks (new and old!) on the evening of Saturday, April 28, 7:00-9:30pm. We’ll provide snacks, beverages, and the chance to hang out with SVARA’s faculty and other SVARAniks in the Bay Area. We’ll sing, schmooze, hear a short talk from our Rosh Yeshiva, and make a spirited Havdalah together.

SVARA is committed to eliminating all barriers to entry to the bet midrash. 

If the cost of this program is a barrier to your learning, please email Amir Starr Weg, our Administrative Assistant. If you have cash to spare and want to join us in our commitment to hardcore, radically inclusive queer Talmud, consider making a donation to sponsor your fellow SVARAniks’ learning!


April 29, 2018


10:30 am - 5:30 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States




Chochmat HaLev

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