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 in The Bay Area on December 2-3, 2017
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!
Schedule & Location
Fling @ Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 (Register here!)
Schedule & Location*
*all programming will take place at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College.
Fling in St. Louis on Sunday, January 28, 2018
For updates or to register for the event, contact RabbiNathan@JFedSTL.org.
Fling @ Ikar – Los Angeles, California on February 2-4, 2018
Fling @ Emanu-El – San Francisco, California, on February 23-25, 2018
Fling @ Or Shalom – Vancouver, on March 10-11, 2018
“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
August 31, 2017
CRASH @ Rodfei Zedek
September 7, 2017
CRASH @ Mishkan
October 19, 2017
Check back for more information on all of these SVARA learning opportunities, or contact us.