I am so excited to share this.
For years, I have harboured a dream of setting up a queer yeshiva. Now, we are launching a crowdfunder to get it started.
The Talmud is the most beautiful work of Jewish thought. It was what inspired me to train as a rabbi and got me through some of my most challenging times. It has so much to offer queers. Can you help fund it?
Since launching less than a week ago, we have raised over £4,000. We need your help to bring us up to our total goal of £5,000. Whatever you can give will be immensely welcome.
I hope you will join me in supporting this cause and sharing it with anyone you know who might be interested.
We want to bring queer, radical Talmud learning to the UK. We are asking for your help to fund us.
The Talmud is a beautiful and subversive text at the heart of traditional Judaism.
Created by radicals who wanted to reinvent their religion, it teaches people how to think outside of binaries and assumptions.
But for years, this sacred knowledge has been kept locked up by elite straight men. We want to break it open.
Our goal is to learn Talmud in a way that centres marginalised people.
We are upending hierarchy and empowering queers with the tools and knowledge to bring these texts to life. We are here, we are queer, and we are ready for shiur.
In the summer of 2022, we hope to launch a ‘Queer Yeshiva’: Four days of intensive rigorous learning.
Based in East London, this will be an empowering experience of accessing traditional Jewish wisdom.
We need to be in a fully accessible venue, meeting the learning needs of everyone. We need this space to be open to single parents, unemployed people, and Jews who have never studied before.
This is a big undertaking, and it costs money. That is why we are asking for your help.
Within a year, we hope to be fully self-funding and sustainable, but first we need a cash injection to get this project off the ground.
Can you help?
Who we are
For seven years, Babel’s Blessing has been London’s leading grassroots language school. We teach Yiddish, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and Sylheti so that Londoners can communicate with each other. We run a bnei mitzvah programme so that Jews can connect with their traditions on their own terms. We provide ESOL classes for migrants to the UK, including working as the only teachers of English as a foreign language in arrival centres.
Svara is a traditionally radical yeshiva in the United States. It teaches queer-centred Talmud pedagogy with methods designed to help oppressed people feel empowered within their tradition. Our educators have learnt from them and in their methods.
Please donate and share now. We can’t do this without you.