Kevah: Membership Costs

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Membership Costs FAQs

How much does it cost to learn with Kevah?

The average cost of joining a Kevah Group is $360/year for a group that meets monthly with a two month break in summer. Groups choose their own meeting schedule, so if they choose to meet more or less frequently, the series cost is adjusted to match their scheduling choice. Your membership payment can be made in three monthly installments at the time of registration. Kevah is dedicated to keeping Jewish learning accessible to the whole community. For those who cannot afford the standard membership, Kevah offers a Pay-What-You-Can model to ensure that cost is not a barrier to joining a Kevah Group.

What do my membership fees cover?

Kevah Groups provide an entirely customized Jewish learning experience. Similar to having a personal trainer or a personal chef, Kevah enables individuals to bring top educators into their homes (or a location of their choice) to study with the people of their own choosing. The educator creates a curriculum and learning experience tailored to their particular Group’s needs and interests, and the Group chooses the meeting schedule and location, based on their scheduling needs. Kevah also provides each Group Host with a dedicated staff member who provides one-on-one support and coaching to help ensure the best possible customized experience. Kevah checks in regularly to get feedback from both the hosts and educators, and works closely with them to make any necessary tweaks throughout the Group’s time together.

As a non-profit Kevah relies on members to cover the direct cost of their group. Kevah standard membership costs contribute to part of the cost of educator training and compensation, logistical coordination, and the administrative support involved in launching and maintaining each personalized Group.

Is my payment for my Kevah Group tax deductible?

Unfortunately Kevah Group membership is not tax deductible. Kevah is a nonprofit organization, however group membership is not a tax-deductible expense. The IRS considers group membership to be a direct fee-for-service, and will not allow us to consider it a donation for tax purposes.
 
All donations to Kevah are tax deductible. Making a donation to Kevah allows us to keep group membership fees low and provide scholarships for those in need. We hope you will consider us in your donation giving.

How long do memberships last?

Kevah membership costs cover either a learning series. Each group chooses their own schedule, so the number of sessions in each series can vary. Many members continue learning with the same group for several years. Kevah Groups do not typically meet in the heart of summer (mid June through mid August) due to many participants and educators having decreased availability, but Groups are encouraged to socialize during this time. Kevah will also have periodic summer learning opportunities for members.

Where do I pay?

Kevah will send you an email with a personalized link to our secure online registration form a couple of weeks prior to your Kevah Group's first session. Payment can be made via credit card or electronic check.

When do I pay?

Groups will be notified about registration and payment once their series schedule is confirmed. Registration typically opens 2 weeks before the first group session. Kevah also offers group members the option to pay their membership over three monthly installments, scheduled at the time of registration.

I can't make all/most of the sessions of a Kevah Group I'm interested in. Can I drop in when my schedule allows?

While Kevah always encourages group hosts to work with their group members to create a meeting schedule that works for everyone, we realize this isn't always possible and some participants' schedules may change overtime. However, drop-in participation isn't compatible with our goal of ensuring each Kevah Group becomes a dedicated micro-community of Jewish learners. We understand that it's difficult to make it to every session, but it is important that participants can commit to attending regularly in order to get the most out of their group experience and to contribute to a dynamic and cohesive group experience for the other participants.

What if I’m not ready to commit to a full series or year?

Our goal is for every Kevah Group to become a dedicated micro-community of participants who, together with their host and educator, create a deep, fulfilling Jewish learning experience over time. While Kevah always encourages group hosts to work with their group members to create a meeting schedule that works for everyone, we realize this isn't always possible and some participants' schedules may change overtime. However, drop-in participation isn't compatible with our goal of ensuring each Kevah Group becomes a dedicated micro-community of Jewish learners. We understand that it's difficult to make it to every session, but it is important that participants can commit to attending regularly in order to get the most out of their group experience and to contribute to a dynamic and cohesive group experience for the other participants.

I missed most of the sessions of my Kevah Group for this series, can I get reimbursed for missed sessions?

We do not issue refunds for missed sessions. We understand that it's difficult to make it to every session, but it is important that participants can commit to attending regularly in order to get the most out of their group experience. If there is an extenuating circumstance, please contact us at groups@kevah.org or (510) 280-5656.

What do I do if I’m invited to join a group mid-series?

Please contact us to discuss payment options: groups@kevah.org or (510) 280-5656.

What if I want to sign up as a couple? Do I have to register and pay twice?

The registration form allows you to select to register as a couple, in which case you will only have to fill out the form and input payment information once, although the cost will reflect the amount for two people.

Have additional questions or concerns? Reach out to us at groups@kevah.org or (510) 280-5656.