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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Think of all the Jews – plus their family members, and spiritual seekers – who want to connect with Jewish life and community, or explore Jewish identity, but cannot find a comfortable way to do so. They may not know much about Judaism. They may fear being judged, bored, or told what to do. They may not have found groups, activities, and personal connections that work for them. Jewish Gateways welcomes all those who want to explore Jewish life at their own pace, in an open environment. We help them discover Jewish choices that are right for them and find or make their place within the broader Jewish community.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After moving back to the East Bay, Jewish Gateways has provided me with immeasurable resources and guidance in finding Jewish culture and events in the area. Rabbi Bridget Wynne is exceptionally kind and welcoming. I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in Judaism, on any level, to contact this great organization. There is something at Jewish Gateways for everyone. I really look forward to further involvement. Check them out!

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to take a moment to thank Rabbi Bridgit for her help in making my Seder dinner affordable. I'm a State employee who lives from paycheck to paycheck. Aware of my current financial situation she was able to place me at a Seder dinner and service which I could afford.I really enjoyed my experience at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.Having grown up as a reform Jew, I've attended a couple of Chabod Seders which I've enjoyed,but I'm glad to have had an opportunity to attend one at a conservative Temple this time. Once again I want to thank Rabbi Bridgit for a wonderfull Passover experience. I think she's a great resource in helping to expose one to the Greater Jewish community in the Bay Area. Mazol Tov. Jonathan S.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am a Jewish mom of an African American daughter. This monthly gathering is a perfect introduction to Judiasm for her. Everybody is very friendly and warm. My daughter likes the music, games, puppets, bubbles, stickers and food. I feel fortunate to have this special way of teaching my daughter about a part of my culture.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful to have a Purim event geared to my 18-month-old daughter. It was a circle of about 15 adorable kids and their parents and a great songleader singing, playing with puppets, and more. I look forward to their Pesach event. Lately when we mention Purim to my daughter she says "Purim!" then "Mimi!" who was the songleader at this event!

14

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm a Jewish guy married to a nonJew. Every now and then I get the urge to hang out with other Jewish people and revisit my heritage. I found Rabbi Bridget wonderful to talk to. She gave me suggestions for other activities I could do. Also, I spent a shabbat evening with a group at the facility (a house, really) in El Cerrito. I've been too busy with other things to go recently, but I definitely enjoyed my contact and will hope to go there again.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful. Jewish Gateways provided a wonderful safe space for me, a non-practicing Jewish person and my non-Jewish husband to learn about Judaism and how to incorporate it better into our lives as a couple and as future parents.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Most participants were either unaffiliated (twice-a-year Jews) or non-Jews, each with their own personal story as to why they were attracted to learning and possibly becoming more involved with Jewish community. At each gathering Rabbi Bridget Wynne created a warm atmosphere. As I happen to have a fair background in Jewish studies and Jewish community, I was impressed how, in less than an hour, she could present some very sophisticated Jewish thoughts and insights so clearly and succinctly and to engage engage everyone on some personal level! Her creativity, enthusiasm and openess made for many joyful and heart-felt evenings.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I finally found a place where I feel comfortable learning and asking questions about Jewish culture. Rabbi Bridget Wynne really makes you feel welcome and special. It’s a relief to know I have a special place to go to meet people and learn.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

GOING TO JEWISH GATEWAYS HAS BEEN REALLY FUN. I LEARNED ABOUT JUDAISM. I HAD FUN SETTING THE SHABBAT TABLE. I WISH I COULD HAVE COOKED THE DINNER.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to several events and have enjoyed them all. There is always food and interesting discussion. In addition, there are always new people to meet and speak with. I would highly recommend this group to others. There is a warm setting and frequently new friendships are started.