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Taught by: Rabbi Gray Myrseth
Join SVARA as we offer up daily learning to support your spiritual preparation this Elul in Mishnah Collective: Days of AWE-some Edition! We’ll explore a section of the Mishnah (Torah 2.0!) that addresses questions of teshuva (restoration)—where it comes from and how it works.
SVARA is a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud through the lens of queer experiences. SVARA’s unique pedagogy makes Talmud study in the original accessible—for the first time in Jewish history—to all who want to learn.
Synagogues Rising is a new network of synagogues across the U.S. that integrates justice and spiritual practice at the heart of their mission, and are experimenting with models and frameworks for acting on a vision of liberation for all. Our guest teachers come to us from several of Synagogue Rising’s member congregations, which include Congregation T’chiyah in Detroit, Kol Tzedek Synagogue in Philadelphia, Hineinu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, Kadima Reconstructionist Community in Seattle, Kehilla Community Synagogue in Oakland, New Synagogue Project in DC, and Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn.
Rabbi Gray Myrseth (they/them) works as School Director at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Oakland. Gray was ordained by Hebrew College of Newton, MA in June 2017 and has worked as a Jewish educator and congregational leader, an LGBTQ inclusion trainer and consultant, and a chaplain with a focus on the spiritual care of elders. When not at work, Gray can be found studying Talmud, walking their excellent dogs, and reading everything from poetry to YA fantasy.
SVARA has partnered with Synagogues Rising this season to bring y’all a group of rad new guest teachers alongside Mishnah Collective regulars. Mishnah Collective: Days of AWE-some will meet Sunday through Friday throughout Elul (August 8th-September 3rd), and selectively in Tishrei on September 12th-14th and September 23rd-26th. All sessions will be live-captioned. No prior Hebrew experience or learning necessary to participate!