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November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

I am on the Hillel board. For well over 20 years I have been involved in a variety of Jewish organizations attempting to reach out to younger Jews and get them involved in Jewish activities. It is very hard to do this. For me, JConnect is a terrific success. From the very beginning it has been very well organized. Its very dedicated (and overworked) staff draw in very constructive ways on the talents and resources of those involved to create many types of events responsive to the needs and desires of the group it is trying to reach. They range from the most fun (Purim parties) to the most serious (work on very meaningful social justice projects), from the small-scale to the huge. The staff does a systematic and terrific job of keeping track of participants so that it's possible to assess how well JConnect Seattle is doing on a regular basis--something that is usually not well done at all in voluntary organizations is being done very well here. The ongoing attempts to link those involved to synagogues work very well; my own synagogue hosts monthly Shabbat dinners with JConnect, and regularly attract far more people than I would havae thought possible.

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testimonials from those involved about how their participation has changed their lives in meaningful ways

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

the combination of dedication and competence of the staff

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

expand its reach and help build other, similar organizations in other communities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

I only wish that Jconnect would have been around when I was, well, younger than I am today :-) Great leadership, innovative programs, solid community!

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Seeing the diversity of community at all times of the year

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Ways to make it better...

More outreach into the unconnected, they are there in all parts of the greater Seattle area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

When I moved to Seattle, I was amazed at the home I found at UW Hillel and the JConnect program housed there. I had found a new home. There were interesting social, educational, and religious events most day, with an astounding variety of activities. As a participant, I felt like an owner and contributor as well to my Jewish community -- one that really fit the young adult demographic niche about as perfectly as I could have imagined.

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

expand this sort of programming to other parts of the country. JConnect is really a model for the young adult Jewish community as manifested over the past few decades, where a block of life (aged about 22-32) has felt like a Jewishly "homeless" time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

JConnect is an amazing program that is a shinning star in the nonprofit world. It truly connects young people to their community and to each other.

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Amazing. Hillel and JConnect raise the bar!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

Jconnect has evolved into a major part of what Hillel @ the UW is all about. Extending the continuity, expanding the community, and seeing the passion and involved of all whom are involved is fantastic. The professional staff is outstanding and they continue to deliver meaningful and fun experiences for so many young adults in the region.

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The organization boasts the most talented professional staff of any nonprofit I'm involved with.

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

continue to connect and engage the community, only more quickly and on a bigger scale.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 10, 2009

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November 10, 2009

So good, I work there now! I ran volunteer programs and was looking for a way to connect more young Jewish folks with the work I was doing. I met the leaders of Jconnect, and suddenly every volunteer event was full of people doing great work and having fun. Eventually, I transitioned into a staff roll with Jconnect as Director of Social Justice programs where I now coordinate advocacy, education, service, and activism efforts. It's a unique and positive community, and a wonderful way for young Jews to be Jewish in fun and innovative ways.

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In 2003, I traveled as a volunteer to El Salvador to work with rural community organizations on sustainable farming and development. It was incredible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

JConnect is now an established part of the Seattle Jewish community for Jews 21-32 wanting to connect and reconnect to the Jewish community. As a transplant to Seattle, I've met a lot of great people through JConnect programs and have made some friends for life. Events such as Jews 'n Brews, the Spice It Up cooking class at Hillel with Israelis from Seattle's Partnership 2000 city in Israel, shabbat services and dinners, Jewish learning initiatives, and service opportunities have all been ways for me to connect to and with the Jewish community. Surpisingly, other U.S. cities have not emulated JConnect Seattle's model, so I feel lucky to be in a city and community that cares about its young adult Jewish population.

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

its nonjudgmental nature and inclusiveness. I think there are events for Jews from many different backgrounds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 9, 2009

I was not an active member of my university's Hillel as an undergrad. I connected to Judaism in different ways. When I came to Washington, I found that J-Connect was the best way to connect to the community- either with other Jews or as Jews serving the larger community. Through J-Connect I have a wonderful start to my week because of Yoga with Whitney on Mondays. I have been a part of Robert's amazing outreach efforts to bring awareness and action on homelessness and modern slavery. I also have been connected to others in the community through Rabbi Jacob's awesome networking skills. They make it easy to connect whether it be through a themed happy hour, cooking for a local tent city, or having a potluck Shabbat hosted in someone's house nearby. If you're in the area, come check it out!

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

approachable and interested in connecting me to resources and people to get the most out of my experience and to help me contribute my skills to the community. They are each wonderful to work with and great representatives of the wider Jewish community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 5, 2009

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November 5, 2009

An amazing way for the Jewish crowd to connect with other people and make new friends. I appreciate all of the events that Jconnect puts together, and Passover lunches for the community are simply the best idea!

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connecting with others and becoming part of the Jewish community in Seattle. Jconnect rocks. It has been a wonderful tool to help me to build my social life in Seattle when I moved here 2 years ago.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 5, 2009

I have been a member of Hillel since 2001, and a member of Jconnect since 2005. They do an amazing job reaching out to students and alumni from the UW and beyond. They bring dynamic and diverse communities together, year-round, not just on key holidays. I especially love the classes they offer and the reasonable cost of the class (yoga for $7!? An all-day cooking class for $10?!? Fabulous! Madness!)

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

Kind and helpful... willing to reach out to anyone - Jewish, different religion, straight, gay, Veteran, student, family member, and more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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