Committees at SVARA

SVARA’s Justice & Equity Committee is seeking new members to join us in deepening our commitment to growing in just and equitable ways! 

The Justice & Equity Committee strives to hold SVARA accountable to becoming a more just and equitable organization, by creating goals and objectives for the board and staff, assessing SVARA’s work to reach these goals, and pushing the organization forward. The committee is comprised of staff, board members, and community members, and our work is grounded in SVARA’s community norms.

If you would like to support this work in any capacity (attending monthly meetings, consulting with current members, reviewing proposals, sharing your lived experience, and identifying opportunities for us to reduce harm in our batei midrash), email [email protected] with a note about what draws you to this work.

If you’re interested in attending monthly meetings, please respond by Thursday, August 18 to receive information about the orientation meeting on Monday, Aug 22nd at 7:30 PM ET.

Our work has three main goals:

  • Develop benchmarks and guidelines for SVARA that are grounded in J&E principles for staff to use in the day-to-day work
  • Prioritize and support SVARA’s growth in specific areas of J&E work
  • Participate in aspects of SVARA’s work related to J&E

The J&E Committee has developed three working groups: accessibility, financial transparency, and communications. We meet on the second Monday of each month, coming together as a full group at the beginning to ground and connect before breaking into working groups to dive in. We look forward to hearing from you!