We believe that the perspectives and voices of queer & trans people, and all people with marginalized identities, are essential to build a more just, liberated, and joyful Judaism and world. And we know that folks who are queer, trans, people of color, disabled, and/or neurodivergent continue to be denied access to Jewish learning and community. In olam haba, the world that is coming, we will no longer need to worry that our community excludes anyone who wants to learn with us. We prioritize maintaining a significant majority of queer- and trans-identifying people in each program, and we prioritize the participation of people of color and people with disabilities. We are taking active steps to hold ourselves accountable to our commitments and assess our progress in creating the most accessible and liberatory yeshiva that we can, and so we maintain data about the identities of those who learn with us.
If you have any other questions about registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Some learning spaces at SVARA are offered at no cost, and some invite tuition contributions. When tuition is listed for one of our programs, it is listed on a suggested sliding scale. All of our classes are “pay what you can,” and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. When registering, you can indicate the amount you would like to contribute for tuition, which can be below, on, or above the suggested scale.
The top of the sliding scale reflects the true cost of this class. The sliding scale range acknowledges that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend. Please be mindful that if you pay at the lower end of the scale when you can afford higher tuition, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. If the tuition scale remains prohibitive, you will be offered the opportunity to make a contribution that is meaningful to you. For more thinking on this topic, here is a resource informing our approach.
Payment options include the opportunity to pay all at once or in a 2- or 3-installment pay plan. If you have any other questions about tuition, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.