SVBM Winter Learning Seminar

Kol Emeth's Silicon Valley Beit Midrash is currently on hiatus. Please visit the Kol Emeth website to learn more about our online events and classes.

    – Past Winter Programs –

    Sunday, December 20 – Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    In winter 2015, SVBM hosted the second rendition of its winter learning program! Winter Fellows took part in three full days of immersive Jewish text study, shared meals and meaningful conversation. This year’s winter program was done in partnership with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and featured Rabba Yaffa Epstein as our keynote guest educator!

    Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University.

    Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She has taught Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, The Drisha Institute, The Wexner Heritage New Member Institute, Kayam Farm Kollel and Young Judaea. Yaffa has lectured at Limmud Events around the world, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

    To Qualify
    Classes accommodate all levels of Hebrew and text study experience. This program is open to all ages, 19+ (must have completed one year of college).

    When & Where
    Sunday, December 20 through Tuesday, December 22. Each day will run from roughly 10am to 6pm. The program will be hosted by Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto (4175 Manuela Ave, Palo Alto CA 94306).

    Program Schedule & Class Descriptions
    Click here to view this past winter program’s schedule and course descriptions.

    The Silicon Valley Beit Midrash is privileged to offer an amazing set of local an international educators for our Winter Learning Seminar. Stay tuned for next year’s winter educators.

    Tuition Cost

    $125-250 (sliding scale). The program includes a daily Kosher pescatarian/vegetarian lunch as well as snacks throughout the day.

    How to Apply
    Registration is now closed.

    Coming in from out of town? For any questions regarding local accommodations, please email Shani Gross.

    For More Information
    Email our SVBM program director, Shani Gross at