The Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman Cleveland Park


May 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Cleveland Park

The Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

Six dates: April 17, April 29, May 8, 15, 23 and 29, 7-9PM, Cleveland Park

Please note: There is an orientation session on Wednesday, April 10 for those who have not learned in a SVARA-method space before. If you cannot attend that session and you have not learned in a SVARA-method space, please email


My name is Rabbi Lauren Tuchman and I am privileged to be a part of the SVARA Transformative Teaching Fellowship this year and as part of that fellowship, I am honored to be offering a seven-session beit midrash in DC this spring. This beit midrash, as evidenced by the name, is going to be focusing on how learning Talmud can be a truly transformational, contemplative practice. We’ll be learning using the SVARA method, which involves the following elements:

We learn using the traditional, unvocalized Vilna Shas without translation. In spaces which adhere to the SVARA method, we are primarily interested in helping learners gain facility with traditional learning techniques so they can become independent learners themselves. Our interest is in helping learners understand how the text says what it says, rather than in focusing only on what the text says. We accomplish this through careful attention to each and every word. More information and registration: