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November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

Jconnect is one of the best programs for young professional Jews I have had the pleasure of being a part of. It is how I met the majority of my friends, and helped give me a solid foundation in a Jewish community without having to commit to joining a particular synagogue. Their programming is very well done, and their lean toward progressive, sustainable food culture is commendable.

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

meeting a community of people so committed to sustainable, organic, local agriculture.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 13, 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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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 9, 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 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

I have enjoyed having jconnect seattle as a community player for the past several years. They continue to put on a variety of great events, everything from educational lectures to exercise classes to great parties and simchas. They are filling a niche in the seattle jewish community that had previously been vacant and I think they reach a lot of people that would otherwise not have a community to participate in.

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

great simchas and engaging experiences

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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

November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

I have been a board member for a year now. The welcome and support I have received from staff, board, and JConnect members has been so impressive and heartfelt. The program manager organizes so many well-attended events and continues to engage more and more young people in our area. The executive director is one of a kind and is the heart and soul of Hillel UW.

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

attending many different well-attended and well-organized events.

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

Volunteering at holiday events and meeting new peiople.

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

awesome! Everyone goes what beyond their job duties each and every day.

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

Take all of its JConnectors to Israel!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 2, 2009

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November 2, 2009

Jconnect welcomed me into Seattle. As a Canadian transplant moving into a new city, having an organization of people my age to meet was indespensible. Most of my friendships in Seattle have formed from people I met at Jconnect events and were fostered by the Jconnect community. Beyond connecting newcomers, Jconnect provides some truly special and unique opportunities. It is one of the only organizations that focuses on the graduate student and young professional community. This is particularly important because this age group tends move away from the undergraduate community very quickly but isn't quite ready to be immersed in more family oriented activities. As a result many young adults end up feeling alienated and isolated. Jconnect enables the opposte, a feeling of belonging and a gateway to the next phase where family oriented events and activities are more appropriate. Finally, Jconnect is extremely diverse. Since it caters to the Jewish community, one could easily make incorrect assumptions about what types of events Jconnect offers and what type of people lead and attend them. Jconnect offers activites for those interested in religious life, but also those interested in social justice, political action, outdoors activites (particularly valuable in the Pacific Northwest) and general social activites. Jconnect is almost entirely participant led thanks to a great staff that mentors and encourages participants to come up with new ideas for events and activities. This means that if a participant would like to raise funds for a charity or volunteer at an organization that Jconnect doesn't yet support, they have the freedom, the resources and the encouragement to organize the event and Jconnect will publicize it and provide any assistance necessary. This has helped furthery diversify the events, activites and body of participants such that they are all beyond classification. I have yet to find any organization that is as welcoming and understanding of people who don't self-identify with a particular community (religious sect, nationality or otherwise) and connect them with one another in an environment of encouragement, tolerance and understanding. The result is a truly remarkable organization that has welcomed thousands of would-be isolated young adults and energized them into active participants and leaders of a continually changing and growing community.

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

making friends when entering a new community. Leading events I wanted to happen as well as participating in events I never knew even existed!

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

Being able to help. I have been able to give back to Jconnect by volunteering (and in volunteering, leading events I wanted to happen or I thought were important) as well as participating in events that helped others (including those other communities).

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

all very different! That diversity is what makes Jconnect so unique. Everything from the typical traditional religious service to gay/lesbian/transgendered parties to Spanish discussion groups... Jconnect is extraordinarily diverse.

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

Change the way Jewish, young adults approach each other and with entering independent adulthood in new and very meaningful ways across the country! It would be amazing to see Jconnect's approach, diversity and encouragement in other cities that need it!

Ways to make it better...

I had known about Jconnect sooner!

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

The assumptions Jewish, young adults make about a Jewish organization. Jconnect is nothing like what people expect.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

JConnect was how my partner and I found our community in Seattle. We moved here from Florida 5 years ago and knew no one. After attending many events we knew that we had found a great organization that had everything we were looking for in our new community. Within 3 years of attending a myriad of events we felt as connected in the young Jewish community as many of our new "Seattleite" friends. We can attribute most of our deepest bonds and most meaningful friendships to JConnect and the efforts of Will Berkowitz and his fantastic staff.

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

the way it has helped me connect with the community I was looking for when I moved to this city.

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

reach thousands more people like me. My experience with them has been priceless and I would only hope the same for others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

When I first moved to Seattle 5 years ago from Florida with my partner, we knew nobody and our nearest friends or family members were thousands of miles away. We discovered JConnect and instantly built a strong network of friends. While lately we have not attended JConnect with the same frequency we did our first two years here, the effects JConnect has had on us still remain strong. We are always attending Shabbat dinners (and throwing them ourselves) with friends from the JConnect community and our sense of Jewish identity has heightened after taking several classes and learning more as an adult than I did from stopping my Jewish education as a high schooler. I am grateful for everything the Hillel staff has provided to me over the years and I know my time in Seattle would not have been the same without JConnect.

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

establishing and maintaining a strong sense of Jewish identity and community.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

J Connect is a place for young adults to go that helps this cohort stay engaged at a time when many of them would feel uncomfortable in the Jewish community. J Connect has all kinds of programming from spiritual to art to music to social justice work that is done within young hip context. I'm thinking about things like Megillah reading at a local bar which drew and drew and drew. There's no way most of these kids would have gone to synagogue on Purim. J Connect is a place to stretch social consciousness and work with Jewish values.

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

I worked with a lot of the J Connect kids while teaching yoga, and I saw young people who were struggling to find their own Jewish identity and not simple accept or refuse the identity given to them by their parents.

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

the ever expanding non-repeating nature of programming that keeps J Connect fresh. Rabbi Will and the staff are constantly on the look out for new ideas that make Judaism continually exciting.

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

I'm particularly fond of Rabbi Will because he does not fit into any kind of a mold, and his thinking about programming, Israel, services, social issues is nuanced and unafraid to met kids wehre they are

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

My experiences with JConnect have been many. In fact, when I think of the experiences that have served to create my Jewish identity, I often come back to my experiences with JConnect. Whether it was a holiday meal, Kabbat Shabbat services, a trip across the world or a simple gathering of friends to discuss the most recent happenings in the Jewish community, JConnect has been the fabric that tied the pieces together.

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

numerous ways. The experiences that I have had with JConnect have helped to build my Jewish identity, my social and professional network, and have helped me to grow in my Jewish journey.

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

having the opportunity to be hands on and learn by doing. It really helped me to develop professional skills that I now use in my career.

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

phenomenal. They are friendly and seem to always be giving of themselves.

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

change the world. :)

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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