Judaism Your Way

Rating: 4.92 stars   84 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 3030 E 2ND Ave #107 Denver CO 80206 USA

Mission: JYW’s mission is to offer innovative opportunities to connect Jewishly for Jews and their loved ones

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Judaism Your Way is serving people in the Denver/Boulder community by providing life cycle events and programs for Jews and their families who feel that their needs have not yet been met by traditional Jewish organizations. People feel welcome, and are offered many opportunities to participate in Jewish life in a way that fits for them.

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

I’ve seen results: People feeling that the services were enjoyable and meaningful. Attendance at programs has increased over time, and feedback from participants is consistently positive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

My family and I attended a JYW event that was very enjoyable and during which we all learned a lot about a lovely Jewish holiday that we had previously been unfamiliar. It was a lovely experience to get together with other Jews and celebrate Jewish culture in general. The JYW staff/organization clearly put a huge amount of effort into the event, and designed something that had activities and meaning for people of all ages. I think that JYW provides an invaluable service for unaffiliated Jews in Colorado and also offers a creative set of programs that affiliated Jews can benefit from as well.

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

highly professional and very welcoming to us as newcomers to the organization.

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

provide even more programs and services that could reach more people and attend to the very diverse needs of the population it serves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

JYW has been an invaluable resource for our family. We are an interfaith family so finding a place where we are comfortable and can practice and learn about Judaism has been difficult. This organization filled the need on many levels. Rabbi Field taught a series of classes for elementary school children who were not affiliated but wanted some Jewish education. He met with the parents and designed a curriculum that worked. We are grateful. JYW acted as a resource for Interfaith Community of Denver in providing workshops and discussions for interfaith families. The services have been wonderful and inclusive - filling deep needs. I loved overhearing an older gentleman comment, "Now this is how a service should be!" I was asked to be a resource speaker at the JYW support group for interfaith families which was a great experience and obviously filled a need for new interfaith couples. The Stop N Shabbat programming has been innovative and interesting and Fun! They expose people to a wide variety of Jewish experiences and expressions. It has been so good to find a Jewish home for our family with such great resources and our roles have been as client, student, volunteer, etc. We are so grateful.

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

see detailed 'experience" write up

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

the ability to fill a deep spiritual need and to make my family and me feel welcome in ways that no other organization has been able to (and we have tried numerous ones.) It has been intellectually and spiritually and socially rewarding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

JYW has been an invaluable resource for our family. We are an interfaith family so finding a place where we are comfortable and can practice and learn about Judaism has been difficult. This organization filled the need on many levels. Rabbi Field taught a series of classes for elementary school children who were not affiliated but wanted some Jewish education. He met with the parents and designed a curriculum that worked. We are grateful. JYW acted as a resource for Interfaith Community of Denver in providing workshops and discussions for interfaith families. The services have been wonderful and inclusive - filling deep needs. I loved overhearing an older gentleman comment, "Now this is how a service should be!" I was asked to be a resource speaker at the JYW support group for interfaith families which was a great experience and obviously filled a need for new interfaith couples. The Stop N Shabbat programming has been innovative and interesting and Fun! They expose people to a wide variety of Jewish experiences and expressions. It has been so good to find a Jewish home for our family with such great resources and our roles have been as client, student, volunteer, etc. We are so grateful.

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

see detailed 'experience" write up

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

the ability to fill a deep spiritual need and to make my family and me feel welcome in ways that no other organization has been able to (and we have tried numerous ones.) It has been intellectually and spiritually and socially rewarding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Judaism Your Way is the first organization that I know of in Denver to really try to connect Jews without obligation or only in search of funding. JYW tries to really reach those in the Jewish Community who have not been reached by any other Jewish organization in years. There is a place for Jews in the Denver area where people can connect on there own terms without being told how much to give or how often to participate. JYW offers this to the greater community.

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

The staff is open and friendly

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am in an interfaith family. Fourteen years ago when I was looking for options to get married I found the options at the two reformed synagogues I had a relationship with wouldn't perform the ceremony. In the fourteen years we have been married we hadn't found a fit for our family to participate in the traditional institutions in town until Judaism Your Way. We are raising our children Jewish and have found a resourse to make us feel comfortable and welcome participating in the local Jewish Community.

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

Making my family feel welcome in the Jewish community

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

Outstanding dedicated and carring people

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

help to reach out and help the unaffiliated community feel welcome and increase their participation in the Jewish community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My family is interfaith and we discovered Judaism Your Way several years ago when we were searching for a rabbi who would consent to marry us in a combined Jewish/Christian ceremony. We found in Judaism Your Way an organization and a staff that has been so supportive and inclusive of our family and our needs. We felt very excluded from the synagogues we had went to with family and friends; a community that was very vocally against any kind of interfaith marriages and family. Judaism Your Way opened their doors to us, and because of this we have found a new community of interfaith friends, religious experiences that our family feels comfortable with, and spiritual dialogue that we felt was missing in our life. My husband, who is Jewish, had been very unconnected from Judaism for years. He further distanced himself from Judaism when we received no warmth from other Jewish organizations and synagogues when we searched for a spiritual home as a family. Now, he embraces his Jewish identity more and is comfortable in continuing to explore his Jewish roots and spirituality. As a non Jew, I feel very welcomed. I have always felt comfortable in asking questions and seeking knowledge, even when I know it is very basic. We look forward to celebrating more life events with Judaism Your Way as our family grows: baby namings, child education, and family spiritual events. Judaism Your Way is a part of our spiritual family!

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

in our family spirituality being nourished, as well as knowing other families who feel they've been given a spiritual home when no others existed.

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

is how open, warm, and inclusive an environment it is. They offer programming that meets social, spiritual, and intellectual stimulation.

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

warm and friendly.

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

promote it's message and programming nationwide. Sometime I think it is a shame that people in other cities miss out on the opportunities presented by Judaism Your Way in Denver.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

JYW's philosophy is what every Jewish agency needs in the 21st century: start with an understanding that customers are savvy and wants meaning in their lives; seek commnity but define it differently than their parents do; live by Jewish values but know less about their roots than any previous generation; and will always seek more if the products and services they access are high quality and strike a chord. These customers are not looking for less authenticity at all, just a product that doesn't judge them or force them into boxes. JYW is a living laboratory and we need more like it and we need them now.

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

listening to the comments of those they serve.

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

diversify its staff.

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

their openness and value they place on individuals' poaths.

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

often turned off by previous Jewish experiences.

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

rock the world and bring Jewish values to millions of Jews and non-Jews alike.

Ways to make it better...

they and others like them were funded to offer even more services.

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

funding, mainstream acceptance, a sound business plan.

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

thanks for asking my opinion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

My daughter's Bat Mitzvah experience was the best I could ask for. She met with Rabbi Brian Fields one time per month for a year. She connected and felt very comfortable with the Rabbi. Their training sessions were something my daughter looked forward to each month. The outcome was a very happy and educated Bat Mitzvah. I would highly recommend Rabbi Field to work with any young children.

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

kind and friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

It's the best way possible to make interesting new friends with an interest in Judaism. It's a REAL asset to our community.

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

Denver, Colorado

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

It's serving a marvelous purpose doing what it does.

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

It's something you can attend on the spur of the moment.

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

Everyone has always been friendly and welcoming.

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

Expand to other communities and become national.

Ways to make it better...

Experiences have always been lovely.

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

Probably funding -- like everything else these days.

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

I like the fact that there is no edifice to maintain and we meet in various interesting places.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This organization provides a wonderful, spiritual, and meaningful experience every time I have attended. The High Holiday services, the stargazing and menorah-gazing at Chanukah, the folk dancing at the Shabbats at the park, the Challah baking--- all are not offered anywhere else.

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

services and shabbats

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

make smaller Chavurahs so closer geographical groups could meet more often

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

the rabbi's philosophies and the warmth of the group members

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

warm, helpful, friendly.

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

have its own building!

Ways to make it better...

More events per month

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

lack of income?

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?

2009-9-01

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