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    One-Night Stand: A Radical Approach to Talmud

    When: Wednesday, 5/23/2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor



    Join Rabbi Benay Lappe for a transformative deep dive into the study of Jewish text and tradition. We'll learn a complete text, start to finish, in one night. So, if you've ever been curious about what it's like to learn in yeshiva and can sound out the alef-bet, get ready to get your mind blown. We will learn Talmud in the original through a traditionally radical lens. No need to know Hebrew, only the ability to sound out the Hebrew letters.

    Rabbi Lappe will be introducing us to her style of Talmud study as a spiritual practice that strips away pretense and highlights the strengthening of self and community in radical relationship to the text.

    Rabbi Lappe is the Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997, Benay also currently serves as Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future in Chicago, and as an Associate at CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. An award-winning educator specializing in the application of queer theory to Talmud study, Benay has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Temple University, American Jewish University, The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, The Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies at UC-Berkeley, Milken Community High School, and The Wexner Institute.

    During her tenure as Director of Education at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, in Manhattan, Benay founded CBST’s Lehrhaus Judaica, which has served over 10,000 students to date. Benay also cofounded the Queer Jewish Think Tank at Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim, in Los Angeles, which still operates today.

    Benay was named to Jewrotica's Sexiest Rabbis List of 2013 (and is a little embarrassed about this but also a little bit proud), The Forward's 2014 List of Most Inspiring Rabbis, was awarded the 2015 Mintz Family Foundation Award for Creative Jewish Education, and is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for innovative Jewish education. While learning and teaching Talmud are her greatest passions, Rabbi Lappe is also a licensed pilot, shoemaker and patent-holding inventor.

    Part of the Architects of the Jewish Future Series More details


    Wednesday, May 23
    6:00–9:00 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
    $18 General Public | $15 Members and J-Pass holders | $20 At the door
    Scholarship support is available
    Contact: Tova Birnbaum | (650) 223-8694 | [email protected]


    Join Rabbi Lappe also on the previous night for: The Coming Crash of Judaism and How Our Tradition Teaches Us to Reboot it
    Registration is closed for this event.

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