Kevah: Our Work

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Kevah's HistoryR noa and danny farkiscircle

Kevah was founded around a Berkeley kitchen table in 2008, when four friends created a pluralistic network of Torah study groups that appealed to their own DIY ethos. From the two original groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kevah has expanded to a network of more than 80 groups nationwide.

Kevah means a “set practice” and is the word used in rabbinic literature (Pirkei Avot 1:15) to describe how Torah study should be integrated into the life of each and every Jew, regardless of age, Jewish background, or sexual orientation and become a part of their everyday rhythms.  We know it can be challenging to set aside a few hours each month to step into a deeper realm. We also know that it is worth it.

What we do:

1. We identify, train and support Jewish educators.
Kevah identifies outstanding Jewish educators and matches them with an appropriate group or groups. This matching service is based on the understanding that the right fit between educator and learners, as well as a warm and collaborative relationship are critical to creating a positive and effective learning environment. Kevah also offers teacher training workshops and a mentorship program to help our educators continually improve their practice.

2. We develop and share curricular resources.
Kevah provides curricular resources to educators and their groups. Topics are tailored to the interest of the host and participants, and are based either on learning a classical Jewish text such as the weekly Torah portion or a tractate of the Talmud, or an organizational theme such as Jewish mindfulness, healthy relationships, Jewish parenting, or spiritual and personal growth.

3. We provide groups administrative support.
While group hosts are responsible for convening their own group of committed members, Kevah provides the administrative support to maximize the success of each Kevah Group. This includes templates and tips for recruiting new members, reminders before each meeting, collection of membership costs, educator compensation, and a dedicated staff member to help address issues when they arise.

 

Photographs by Laura Turbow