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QueerCore Talmud

Ages 18+

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

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QueerCore Talmud is a new style of old-school Jewish learning – rigorous and radical, traditional and transformative, empowering and engaging.

We learn in traditional havruta/learning pairs to explore ancient Jewish wisdom texts in their original languages (Hebrew and Aramaic). Our Beit Midrash/study space – an exciting, participatory and queer normative learning community – is inclusive and welcoming. If you long to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Talmud, this is your Beit Midrash. QueerCore Talmud engages your mind, heart and spirit.

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Registration for the Winter 2023 session is now closed.

QueerCore Talmud: Rearrange with Change!

Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: February 5 – March 12

Join Maggid Jhos Singer, Julie Batz and Rabbi Batshir Torchio for an uplifting, queer-normative, inclusive, and traditionally radical 6-week Beit Midrash where we will unpack a core rabbinic teaching on breaking out of unhealthy habits and tuning into an aware and engaged life. Students must have a working knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and be able to sound out words, with or without comprehension. 

QueerCore Talmud is a Queer normative and inclusive, fun and rigorous, challenging and supportive, space for studying Judaism’s most radical and traditional text, Talmud. 

All sessions will be via online Zoom with live captioning and high contrast visuals. All registered participants will receive an email prior to the first class with their Zoom link.

Talmud for All

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.

Meet the Teachers

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


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?

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!

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Visit our financial assistance page to learn more.

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