SVARA Flings

Have a fling with SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva! Throughout the year, SVARA hosts pop-up opportunities to learn SVARA-style (Talmud served up the old fashioned way–hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive) across the country.

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

Fling @ Emanu-El –  San Francisco, California, on February 23-24, 2018 Register here!

Step into the bet midrash with Rabbi Benay Lappe. This will be an immersive Talmud Shabbat Experience which will include a brief morning service, Talmud study, and lunch. 

Sugya to Studio –  Berkely, California, on February 25, 2018 Register here!

Join SVARA and The Jewish Studio Project for a day-long immersive that brings together SVARA’s radically queer study of Talmud with JSP’s soul-igniting, text-probing creative arts process. Together we’ll engage in in-depth learning of Jewish text and a search for the radical roots of our tradition, we’ll activate what is alive within each one of us, and tap into the deep wellspring of our creativity as we seek new interpretations and insights.

Fling @ Or Shalom –  Vancouver, on March 10-11, 2018 Register here!
Join us for a FLING at Or Shalom Synagogue, in Vancouver, BC. Start with the CRASH Talk on Saturday night, and come back on Sunday for two half-days of learning, SVARA-style: Talmud served up the old-fashioned way—hardcore, queer and radically inclusive.
We’ll learn a complete text from the Talmud, 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!

Schedule & Location

  • March 10, 7:00–9:30pm CRASH Talk
  • March 11, 9:30–12:30pm and/or 1:30–4:30 Bet Midrash

Bay Area Fling –  April 28–29, 2018

 CRASH Talk:

“The lecture to end all lectures, a mind-blowing intellectual experience to end all…you get the point. Come hear how the Talmud–and all radical ideas–are born, crash, and are reborn anew.” –Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann

In this introductory talk, SVARA faculty lays out our philosophy of the Talmud and the rabbinic revolution that gave rise to it–along with important vocabulary and concepts for anyone learning Jewish texts. We will explain where the Talmud came from, why it was written, what its purpose is, and why the study of it has been so important for Judaism and the formation of the Jewish mind. This lecture is both an overview of the ultimate goals of the Jewish enterprise, as well as a crash course in halachic (Jewish legal) jurisprudence. Beyond its application to Judaism, the CRASH Theory is a simple but elegant model of how all change happens–whether societal, religious, organizational, or personal. Originally conceived to explain the history of disruptive innovation within Judaism, it has proven helpful to many in understanding and navigating moments of disruptive change in their own lives.

CRASH @ Avodah
New York
August 31, 2017

CRASH @ Rodfei Zedek
September 7, 2017

CRASH @ Mishkan
October 19, 2017

Check back for more information about all of these SVARA learning opportunities, or contact us.