Registration for Passover in the Desert 2019
is Now Closed

Thursday, April 25 – Monday, April 29, 2019

General Registration Overview

Fee Structure
To make Passover affordable for most, there are a limited number of adult tickets at each price level along a sliding scale. Once the lowest priced tickets are sold out the next available ticket bracket will become the lowest-priced tickets. Please purchase at the highest level you can afford.

Payment Required with Registration
Your registration is not complete until you have paid, ensuring you a spot at the festival. Unpaid registrations will be canceled after 48 hours.

Discounts
Discounts are available for families with kids and people ages 60+. Please scroll down for more details.

Avodah (Work Exchange)
We also offer a limited number of Avodah tickets. Please see below for general information about our work exchange program.

Refunds
Registration is nonrefundable. See our cancellation policy.

Festival Fees & Discounts

Read below for general information on fees & discounts

Early Bird Discount (December 19- January 20):
Limited Tickets Available for $275

January 20 – April 10:
Limited Tickets Available for $350

After April 10 Ticket Prices:

  • Adults (18+): $400 – $725 sliding scale
  • Teens (11–17): $275
  • Youth (4–10): $150
  • Children (0–3): $50
Please pay at the highest level you can afford. If you pay more than $725, you help subsidize someone who needs financial assistance, and that goes toward a tax-deductible donation. Real cost is how much it costs Wilderness Torah to put on this Passover experience, per person.
In order for participants to experience the full benefit of the Overnight Wilderness Solo (OWS) experience, and to maintain the integrity of the village experience, we require OWS participants to remain through the end of the entire Passover festival.

Dates: Tuesday afternoon, April 23 to Thursday, April 25, 2019
Cost: $230 (in addition to your adult ticket price)

Applications are Now Closed for the Overnight Wilderness Solo.

Registration is non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy for more information.

Families registering one or two adults and at least one child may receive 25% off the entire party’s registration fee.

Families with children may receive a 20% discount off the entire family’s registration fee.

In the spirit of intergenerational community, people ages 60+ may receive a 30% discount off adult registration.

Request a Discount
Avodah is intended for those who want to serve and have financial need. Passover in the Desert is reasonably priced on a sliding scale. The low end of the sliding scale does not cover the full cost to produce the festival. With this in mind, we ask that you consider your ability to pay before applying for Avodah. See below for more details and how to apply for Avodah.

Registration Is Now Closed

Avodah (Work Exchange Program)

Please read below for information about our Avodah Program and fill out an application.

Please read below for information about our Avodah Program and fill out an application.

We are now accepting Avodah applications on a rolling basis until Sunday, April 14 or until all positions are filled. Avodah fills quickly. Read the position descriptions below and apply early for greatest choice of positions.

Overnight Wilderness Solo – Avodah restrictions
If you are you considering applying to the Overnight Wilderness Solo, reserve your spot today! Those doing the Overnight Wilderness Solo may only apply to the following Avodah positions to receive a Festival ticket: Random Tasks, Setup, Loading, Breakdown, and Unloading.

Avodah is intended for those who want to serve and have financial need. Passover in the Desert is reasonably priced on a sliding scale. With this in mind, we ask that you consider your ability to pay before applying for Avodah.

Avodah is intended for those who want to serve and have financial need. Passover in the Desert is reasonably priced on a sliding scale. The low end of the sliding scale does not cover the full costs to produce the festival. With this in mind, we ask that you consider your ability to pay before applying for Avodah.
Avodah enables folks to help create the village, and is a great way to save money, meet new friends, and play an important role at the festival.
Each Avodah role is integral to the health of the whole system. Please read through our Avodah Terms & Conditions before applying for Avodah.

FULL Avodah: 23 hours of service for a $36 ticket
HALF Avodah: 12 hours of service for a $200 ticket

* Combine two 12–hour (HALF) positions to create a FULL

Avodah Ticket Choices

FULL Avodah: 23 hours of service for a $36 ticket
HALF Avodah: 12 hours of service for a $200 ticket

You’ll find a link to the application at the bottom of the next section. Please read the position descriptions first before filling out an application.

IMPORTANT: Each Avodah role is integral to the health of the whole system. The hours you contribute with Avodah serve as payment for the event. When you are absent or late for your shifts, or you do not arrive at the festival by the agreed-upon time, your absence affects many others. Therefore, if you do not fulfill your agreed hours, we will ask you to pay the difference after the festival at the rate of $20 per hour.

CANCELLATION: If you register for your Avodah position and then cancel after Sunday, April 14 (one week before festival preparations begin), you will be required to pay the lowest adult registration fee ($350) and will not be allowed to participate in Avodah at future festivals. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for emergency situations.

PRE-FESTIVAL POSITIONS

Random Tasks in the East Bay (HALF): Sometime in March*position filled*
Help us get ready for the festival: shopping, making our kitchenware kosher for Passover, and other errands. Helpful if you have access to a car. This position must be combined with another QUARTER role to make a HALF Avodah.

Loading & Unloading the Truck (HALF): (Load) Friday, April 19 | 9 am – 4 pm & (Unload) Wednesday, May 1 | 9:30 am – 4 pm*position filled*
Everything that is part of our village is transported down to the desert in a big truck! It takes most of a day to load our belongings into the truck from the storage shed in North Oakland. This position must be combined with another QUARTER role to make a HALF Avodah.

Setup (FULL): Tuesday, April 23 – Thursday, April 25*position filled*
We will be getting camp ready for all of the participants including unloading the truck, putting up all structures, and some decorations. We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner during setup. This position is for someone excited about being first to arrive and seeing the village come to life. You must arrive by Monday evening, April 2, for this shift.

Lead Welcoming (FULL): Wednesday, April 24 – Friday, April 26
Be our rockin’ welcoming team leader! Arrive a day early to help set up the Welcome Tent. Check people in, orient them, and assist people with gear setup if needed. This position is for someone who is organized, inviting, and familiar with Wilderness Torah festivals. You must arrive by Tuesday evening, April 23.

MAIN FESTIVAL

Welcoming Team (HALF): Thursday, April 25 – Friday, April 26*position filled*
Be part of our rockin’ welcoming team! Check people in, help with orientation and assist people with gear setup if needed. This position is for someone who is friendly, inviting, and familiar with Wilderness Torah festivals. You must arrive by Wednesday evening, April 4 for your shift on Thursday morning.

Children’s Mentor (HALF): Thursday, April 25 – Monday, April 29 *position filled*
We are looking for friendly people to work with our children for a few designated times during the festival. You must have experience working with young people ages 5+, ideally in an outdoor, experiential nature context and/or in a Jewish context. Please read through the Families page before you apply.

Festival Community Care (FULL): Thursday, April 25 – Monday, April 29
Help keep our village beautiful and maintain our sanitation systems. This position is for someone who cares about making the village their “home” by tidying village spaces, refilling our hand-washing stations, and checking the portable toilets. You must arrive by Wednesday evening, April 24, for your shift on Thursday morning.

Festival Hearth (HALF): Thursday, April 25 – Monday, April 29
Help the hearth nourish the village by lending your chopping, prepping, serving, and cleaning skills. Arrival times vary depending on the length of the shift. This position is for someone who enjoys cooking and pouring your love into food! This position is suggested and for those new to Wilderness Torah, as it is a great opportunity to connect with others. You must arrive by Wednesday night, April 24, and stay until Monday morning, April 29, for this position.

Festival Infrastructure & Community Care (HALF): Thursday, April 25 – Monday, April 29 *Position Filled*
Help keep our village beautiful and maintain our systems. upport participants as they arrive, help build structures, and maintain the village’s infrastructure and our sanitation systems. This job requires flexibility and a willingness to jump into action when needed. This position is for someone who cares about making the village their “home” by tidying village spaces, refilling our hand-washing stations, and checking the portable toilets. (apply for this job if you are a mensch).

POST FESTIVAL

Breakdown (HALF): Monday, April 29 – Tuesday, April 30
We will break down and clean up the village on Monday, April from 10:30 am until sunset. Stay for our small campfire with those avodah and core community members who are closing down the festival and giving thanks to the land. It’s a lot of fun! We will finish the remainder of clean up on Tuesday morning, April 10, and leave the site together by 10:30 am. You must be able to stay until Tuesday morning, April 10, for this position.

Apply for Avodah

Pricing Philosophy

Read below for information about our pricing philosophy

A: Wilderness Torah strives to provide the highest quality experience at the most affordable price, allowing our programs to remain as inclusive as possible. Our festivals are unique and incredible experiences, made possible by the priceless contributions of everyone there.

The reality is that program fees typically make up 1/3% of our income; we raise the other 2/3 through grants and donations from individuals .Our festivals cost much more to produce than we receive in revenue.

Although it is more sustainable for nonprofits to rely more heavily on program fees to earn money, Wilderness Torah is dedicated to keeping our prices as low as possible. We offer Avodah (work exchange), sliding scale rates, and family and elder discounts.

Do you know foundations or individuals who might be interested in helping fund us? Please let us know — or make a donation today.

A: Real cost is Wilderness Torah’s break even point—how much it costs per person to put on our programs. The real cost for Passover in the Desert 2018 is $725 per person.

A: Creating a village from scratch requires a lot of resources! We do everything we can to keep expenses low. The program fee includes all the background work to create the village experience, as well as almost everything you’ll need at the festival:

  • Water, infrastructure, and catered, organic meals
  • A beautiful campsite (permit fees to the Bureau of Land Management)
  • Shabbat and holiday ritual
  • Learning
  • Youth programming
  • Daily meditation and movement opportunities
  • A part of eight staff members’ time — the equivalent of one full-time staff member for a year — to plan and manage the festival, from logistics to marketing
  • An onsite ground crew of nearly 20 staff, chefs, and builders
  • Permits, fees, insurance, storage, transportation infrastructure, fuel, and other overhead costs
  • And so much more
A: We are blessed to have a wonderful community of volunteers for each of our festivals. Along with our Avodah program, volunteers help us reduce costs.

We also offer a sliding scale fee structure. We are committed to enabling those with fewer financial resources to be able to share in this community.

We thank you for looking honestly at your ability to pay as close to the high end as possible; when you register at a higher-price level, you enable lower-income members of our community to register at fee levels they can afford.

For those for whom the lower part of the scale is still out of reach, we make an effort to offer extensive Avodah opportunities. These make up nearly a third of all registrations.

A: This festival is a great bargain compared to other festivals of similar length! Our festivals include professionally prepared breakfasts and dinners of fresh, organic, delicious food; a broad array of insightful classes taught by exceptional teachers; an inspiring community; a caring medical team; inclusive and unique ritual and prayer; and more.

At other events of similar length, camping and meals are often not included in the program fee. Large, commercial festivals are also able to decrease costs through corporate sponsorships.

A: Please take a moment to think about what this kind of unique celebration means to you. If you are able, please pay at the high end of the sliding scale. We appreciate your generosity and understanding of both the value and cost of this amazing program!

There are many ways to contribute to the festival program by offering your skills and gifts. Please visit the Program Offerings page to learn more.

If you are able, you can also make a tax-deductible donation in addition to your program fee to help us continue to offer affordable programs.

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