Jewish Gateways

Rating: 4.9 stars   68 reviews

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Location: 409 Liberty Street El Cerrito CA 94530 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting new dynamic and interesting people, while discovering synagogues and Jewish related activities within the area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

grow it!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning and socializing!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional.

Ways to make it better...

there were more events offered.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Rabbi Bridgit's assistance in attending a Seder dinner here in the East Bay.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a bigger facility in which to host the Saturday morning events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

A Jewish event right for my young child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Role: Client Served
Rating: 4 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way Rabbi Bridget makes Judaism approachable and reaches out to unaffiliated Jews.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nice folks who seemed like me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its outreach to more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My home life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The knowledge that my husband and I took away.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, respectful, and understanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Set up chapters all around the US

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Rabbi Wynne has created a wide range of activities to engage, or re-engage both Jews and interested non-Jews with community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Monthly Shabbat dinners & discussion, individual and small-group assistance in matching up individual needs and interests with the relevant synagogues and other local Jewish organizations and places of study.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

While Rabbi Wynne holds social/cultural gatherings for individuals + families around Jewish holidays, her main goal continues to be helping individuals find meaningful Jewish groups to strengthen and support their conection with the larger Jewish world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This is just the beginning for me so I have so much to look forward to

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great, helpful, nice

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world

Ways to make it better...

It couldn’t have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I don't know

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

IT'S FUN. THE FOOD IS GOOD.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

NICE.

Ways to make it better...

IT WAS BIGGER.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The very interesting discussions which follow dinner.

Ways to make it better...

Space permitting, more people could attend

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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