Introducing FIRST BASE WITH SVARA, an afternoon of learning for all students and young adults in the Chicago area to build community, dive deep into a text, and have a lot of subversive fun along the way!

In this historical moment when so many of us are alienated from our traditions, come participate in a program that radically redefines who has access and ownership to Jewish wisdom (spoiler: Everybody)! We’ll learn a text from the Talmud, the ancient Jewish guidebook to being a compassionate, critical thinking, courageous human being. Talmud study is a spiritual and intellectual practice that transforms us as we do it. Check it out for yourselves, we’ll show you the ropes! All you need to know is your alef-bet, and if you don’t yet, click on the registration link and read on for opportunities to learn.

Join us on Sunday, March 4 from 12–3pm*
At Silverstein Base Hillel:
858 W. Wrightwood #2, Chicago, IL 60614

Come anytime after 11:15 for a light brunch and shmoozing!
The program will start promptly at 12.
*Please plan to attend the full three hours of learning.

Space is limited and this is gonna be a hot one, so REGISTER NOW
Registration will be open until Sunday, Feb 25

Together we’ll delve into a text that raises the questions:

  • What does ancient Jewish tradition teach us about the act of protest?
  • What’s our responsibility to speak out when we know something is wrong?
  • Are we obligated to protest even for things we know are wrong but that we don’t think can be changed?
  • Who are we responsible for? How do we think about our sphere of influence?

All identities and levels of familiarity with both text study and queerness are welcome!

If you’ve never learned with SVARA, this is a great opportunity to get a taste! And if you’re a SVARA regular, take this opportunity to get to know Base! If you’re new to both, allow us to introduce ourselves…

Silverstein Base Hillel is a home for students, young adults, and their friends—and the actual home of Rabbi Megan and Paige! Located in Lincoln Park, Base is committed to pluralism and founded on three core values: hospitality, learning, and service. Regular events include Shabbat and holiday home cooked meals, classes, and opportunities to give back and get involved in the local community. Base is a place to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially.

SVARA is a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud through the lens of queer experiences. SVARA’s unique pedagogy makes Talmud study in the original accessible—for the first time in Jewish history—to all who want to learn. At SVARA, everyone—queer, straight, trans, alef-bet beginners, experienced talmudists, secular, religious, Jews, non-Jews—everyone learns together in a mixed-level bet midrash that recognizes as crucial the insights of all those on the margins.