Great events, involving all sorts of people who wouldn't otherwise be involved in Jewish activities. Creative and meaningful programming. Opportunites to travel to Central America with AJWS, Shabbat retreats, as well as local events. Involvement in the world at large through a deeply meaningful Jewish lens. JHarvest, new this year, has been a fantastic addition to what JConnect offers our community. I've also heard great things about the noontime study/lunches at Microsoft, the Medical School, Social Work School, etc. What a great idea!
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!
JConnect Seattle is an incredible resource for 20/30-something jews in Seattle. With dozens of activities per month, there is something for everyone - networking, parties, social justice, jewish education, shabbat dinners, jewish environmentalism, sports teams, outdoor activities, cooking classes... you name it. Jconnect is all about creating connections and building relationships - between individuals in the community and between individual jewish 20/30-somethings and other Jewish Regional/National groups. Personally I feel more closely connected to the Seattle and American Jewish communities as a result of my involvement with Jconnect. Jconnect is blessed to have two amazing, high-energy, dynamic and engaging rabbis; a passionate and dedicated staff; and a diverse and creative crew of volunteer event planners/organizers.
Jconnect is a model to be emulated everywhere. I have never seen a more effective program for helping jewish life to flourish
As someone who moved to Seattle from another city, Jconnect was a perfect way for me to meet a great group of individuals throughout the community. They're an extremely active organization with a wide range of activities to choose from. A lot of my friends to this day or people I've meet through JConnect events.
There were various attempts to resurrect existing and start new Jewish 20-something programs in Seattle, but none were successful until JConnect came along in ~2004. Since then, I and many others can credit JConnect with helping us (re)connect with and grow our Jewish identities, establish our social circles, and meet (and marry) our significant others. My experience with JConnect was so formative that I have since become a board member of the University of Washington Hillel, something I never would have anticipated before my involvement with the program.
I have been engaged with Jconnect off and on for six years now. I have seen the program go through many changes involving both personnel and structure. With that being said, the constant is that I am always welcomed back with open arms. I have taken part in everything including Jewish learning classes, AJWS trips, Birthright trips, Passover/Tu B'shevat sedars... For a year and a half I ran a Moishe House and worked closely with Jconnect in a more formal business type relationship and with that help was able to accomplish a lot from a grassroots perspective. I don't want to gush anymore about Jconnect but it was the first place I found Jewish community in my adult life. I had been lacking that connection since 10th grade confirmation. At this point, many of those that surround me are Jewish and I feel entrenched in this community
My experience with Jconnect has been enriching and enlightening. I've always felt welcome and challenged; two qualities I deeply appreciate about the organization. And...Rabbi Will Berkovitz is a true asset!
I moved to Seattle several years ago and didn't know many other Jewish people in the area. A friend of mine told me about JConnect and I've been a big fan ever since. I've been to many great events and made some great friendships over the years. The last event I went to was the Tu B'Av (the Jewish "Valentines Day") and it was a blast. Also, being a young professional from out of town, I don't belong to a temple, but I usually make it to services on High Holidays (through JConnect/Hillel at UW) and am always impressed.
Since I returned home from college in 2006, I have attended several Jconect events. Jconnect is a great organization that helps young adults connect in the Seattle Jewish community. I have made many great friends through this organization and will continue to participate over the years. I enjoy that venues vary and so do the attendees. No event will be the same. Always new people to meet and more fun to be had. While I have family in town, I know many others who benefit from spending holidays with their new found family made through Jconnect. I would recommend Jconnect to newcomers to Seattle and natives alike!