QueerCore Talmud

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QueerCore Talmud classes are open to everyone seeking to study the Torah and Talmud in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

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Study the Torah and Talmud

Welcome to our Beit Midrash!

Our QueerCore Talmud program was birthed out of SVARA, an organization committed to creating learning spaces in which people historically excluded from the tradition can engage in intimate and intense conversation with it – and each other.

We learn in traditional havruta/learning pairs, exploring ancient Jewish wisdom texts in their original languages (Hebrew and Aramaic).

QueerCore Original Ink focuses on seminal texts from the Hebrew Bible, or Torah.

QueerCore Talmud takes that study a step further, exploring how to apply Torah to your life in a practical way.

Whether we teach Torah and Talmud separately, or together, each session offers a fresh approach to finding insight about today’s challenges within ancient wisdom.

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QueerCore Classes

QueerCore Torah: Original Ink

Registration is Closed

Sundays, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM // Apr 14 – May 26

Join Maggid Jhos Singer and Julie Batz for an insightful 7-week Beit Midrash where we’ll unpack the Torah’s first insight into the origins of human conflict in a supportive, queer normative learning community.

In this session, we will encounter and grapple with the Torah’s account of sibling rivalry, jealousy and the price of uncontrolled emotion. How does this myth read many millennia on? How does trauma impact our story? What is the cost of passion? We will conclude by turning our attention to the Talmud’s take on this passage, leading us to one of Judaism’s most potent values.

Cost: $150 Public // $135 Members

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QueerCore Talmud: Drop of Ink

Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:30 pm

The program is designed to introduce you to the radical pedagogy used in QueerCore courses, and to provide a space for queer, trans folks and allies to connect and learn Torah firsthand. Each week you’ll learn one verse from the weekly Torah portion. Participants do not need Hebrew experience and must embrace study in a queer normative, mixed-level, multi-generational learning community.

JUNE PRIDE PROGRAMMING

Each week we’ll learn one verse from the weekly Torah portion. In honor of Pride and our radical, hippy, queer-headed Jewish ancestors, also known as “The Sages,” we will focus on Torah verses celebrating diversity, outliers and contrarians. Drop in once or join for all session

These free, weekly, 30-minute online sessions are open to all adults (18+), regardless of prior knowledge or experience.

All sessions will be via online Zoom. Once you register, you’ll receive an email prior to the first class with your Zoom link.

 

Meet the Teachers

QueerCore Talmud is taught by SVARA Teaching Fellows Jhos Singer, Julie Batz and Rabbi Batshir Torchio.

FAQs

More About QueerCore Talmud

Our QueerCore Talmud program was birthed out of SVARA, an organization committed to creating learning spaces in which people historically excluded from the tradition can engage in intimate and intense conversation with it – and each other. Our QueerCore Texts program was inspired and encouraged by SVARA whose mission is to empower queer and trans people to expand Torah and tradition through the spiritual practice of Talmud study. QueerCore Texts welcomes all people who are drawn to learn traditional text in a radically inclusive space to join Judaism’s most ancient and ongoing conversation about what it means to be fully human.

What if I can’t make it to class every week?

Attendance is expected for all class sessions. Sorry, no drop-ins.

What do I need for class?

A quiet place to work, a printer, and a notebook. We will provide all materials in digital forms. If you don’t already have The Jastrow Dictionary of the Talmud and Targumim, we strongly encourage you to obtain the book before class starts. It will greatly enhance your learning! We’ll be using this book throughout the class.

Do I need to know Hebrew?

To participate in QueerCore Talmud or QueerCore Original Ink, you must be able to sound out words written in Hebrew with vowels (in both printed and cursive letters). With or without comprehension. Slow is fine! You do not need to know Hebrew to participate in the free, weekly Drop of Ink sessions.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Visit our financial assistance page to learn more.

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