Beyond Chicago


Not in Chicago? There are many opportunities throughout the year to learn with SVARA in an immersive way. SVARA hosts pop-up bet midrash learning SVARA-style (Talmud served up the old-fashioned way—hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive) across the country. We learn for evening-long, weekend-long, and day-long sessions. We call these opportunities “Flings,” because we’re like that (wink).

Contact us to bring SVARA-style learning to your community, or see below for our upcoming scheduled flings:

Bay Area Spring Fling – April 28-29, 2018

SVARA Bet Midrash at Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA 94705
Sunday, April 29, 10:00am–5:30pm
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$18-72 (sliding scale), vegetarian lunch included

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.

Please note: The CRASH Talk is a prerequisite for learning in the SVARA Bet Midrash. Anyone who plans to attend Sunday’s full day of learning and has not yet heard the CRASH Talk (in person!) should watch Benay’s ELI Crash Talk.

Saturday Night SVARAnik Gathering at Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Saturday, April 28, 7:00-9:30pm
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On Saturday night, April 28, 7:00-9:30pm, we are hosting a get together for SVARAniks (new and old!) with snacks and beverages, and the chance to hang out with SVARA’s full-time faculty and other SVARAniks in the Bay Area. We’ll sing, shmooze, hear a short talk from our Rosh Yeshiva, and make a spirited Havdalah together.