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 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!

Register here!

Schedule & Location

  • Saturday, Dec. 2 7:00-9:30pm – CRASH Talk & Reception at Kehilla Community Synagogue (1300 Grand Ave, Piedmont, CA) – Free Admission
  • Sunday, Dec. 3 9:30am-4:30pm – SVARA Bet Midrash at Chochmat HaLev (2214 Prince St, Berkeley, CA) – $18-36 sliding scale, includes lunch

Fling @ Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 (Register here!)

Schedule & Location*

  • 10:30am-12:00pm: CRASH Talk
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Intro to Traditionally Radical Talmud study
  • 2:00-5:00pm: Bet Midrash / Learning Session

*all programming will take place at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College.

Fling in St. Louis on Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • 11:00am: CRASH Talk – How the Talmud – and all radical ideas – are born, crash, and are reborn anew
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm: A Taste of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva Bet Midrash Workshop – Learn a text of Talmud in the original, start-to-finish. As long as you can sound out Hebrew letters, you are good to go!

For updates or to register for the event, contact

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


 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 on all of these SVARA learning opportunities, or contact us.