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 beit midrash that recognizes as crucial the insights of all.
Our learning in this beit midrash is informed by SVARA’s values and pedagogy.
Talmud Torah of St. Paul is handicap accessible.
Talmud Torah of St. Paul has a non-gender-specific bathroom.
Public transportation to Talmud Torah of St. Paul stops about ½ mile away. We are also happy to match people up for rides. If you need or can provide a ride, please indicate that on the registration form.
Want to learn or refresh you alef-bet (Hebrew alphabet decoding skills)? Check out these links.
If you have either or both of these dictionaries, please bring them that day. Don’t have them? Don’t worry.
– The Practical Talmud Dictionary, by Yitzhak Frank
– A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature, by Marcus Jastrow
We will provide snacks. There will be vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options.