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.
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.
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.
QUEERCORE: ORIGINAL INK + TALMUD
Sundays, July 16 – August 20, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Both Torah and Talmud are covered in this 6-week online program. In the first three weeks we’ll dig into several Torah verses, and in the final three weeks, we’ll analyze, contextualize, challenge and interpret those same verses through the Talmud. You must have a working knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, be able to sound out words and embrace study in a queer normative, mixed-level, multi-generational learning community.
Pricing: $150 for Public // $135 for JCCSF Members
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.
Meet the Teachers
QueerCore Talmud is taught by SVARA Teaching Fellows Jhos Singer, Julie Batz and Rabbi Batshir Torchio.
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Get in Touch
Have a question about QueerCore Talmud? Reach out to our team — we’d love to hear from you!