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IN-PERSON: 700 Benches: Teshuva 101

Tuesday, August 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, September 20, 2022

IN-PERSON: 700 Benches: Teshuva 101


Co-sponsored by: Kehilla Community Synagogue and BASE Bay Area
Taught by: Rabbi SAM Luckey, Rabbi Frankie Sandmel
Fairies: Elaina Marshelek, Rabbi Dev Noily

What is teshuvah (relationship repair)? What is atonement? What is Yom Kippur? In this 5-week beit midrash (text study workshop) you’ll learn ancient Jewish texts (Mishnah and Talmud) in their original language, explore Talmud study as a spiritual practice, and co-create a supportive, queer-normative community of study. All you need to begin is your alef-bet (Hebrew alphabet).

Time: Tuesdays 6:30 – 9 pm

Location: IN-PERSON at Kehilla – 1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont, CA


  • August 23, 30
  • September 6, 13, 20

Beit Midrash Orientation:* Tuesday August 23rd 5:30 – 6:30 pm

*The Beit Midrash Orientation is required for people who haven’t learned before with 700 Benches, SVARA, or another SVARA-style Beit Midrash before. Returning students are welcome at the Orientation session, but are not required to attend.

Registration deadline: by the end of Friday, August 19th

Capacity is limited to 30 students. If we reach capacity (unlikely), you will be notified and put on a wait list.

We recommend having a Jastrow dictionary with you. If you don’t have one, you can use the online Jastrow dictionary. We will not be needing a Frank dictionary.

Cost:** (includes a masechta (a tractate of Talmud) to keep)

  • Kehilla Members and Basers: $175 for series 
  • Non-members: $200 for series 

**The cost reflects the cost for operating the class including all materials, paying teachers and fairies, and snack. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay; please pay what you can at registration or $0.


Base Bay Area is on the Berkeley-Oakland border in Rockridge, home to Frankie, Elaina and their many beloved plants. Frankie and Elaina are community builders, passionate educators, and deep lovers of Shabbos. We are here to host you for a meal, go for a walk among the redwoods, or learn together in our living room. We’d love to meet you whether you’re deep in Jewish community already or curious where to begin. Bring us your questions, your passions and even your doubts — we will cook you dinner and dig in!

Kehilla Community Synagogue: At Kehilla we’re co-creating a loving community that reaches for joy, shared liberation and justice, rooted in Jewish spiritual teachings and practice, and sustained by interdependence and mutual care, in the Lisjan Ohlone territory of Huchiun.




IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ: The full Kehilla COVID Public Health Protocols here (updated May 20).

  • Effective May 20 – We are now requesting that everyone take a rapid antigen test before coming to an indoor Kehilla event or service.
  • This new protocol is designed to decrease the possibility that COVID infections will be spread at Kehilla.

In keeping with our health and safety protocols, for proper ventilation we are keeping windows and doors open during indoor Kehilla events, so we recommend that you bring layers (it may be cold in the building).

All events at Kehilla are scent-free. Click here for information about what it means to be scent-free.


Tuesday, August 30
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kehilla Community Synagogue
1300 Grand Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94610 United States
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