When I moved to Seattle, I was looking for an experience to help me connect socially and culturall to Jewish life in the Northwest - JConnect has been an incredible resource. Through JConnect, I've taken educational classes such as Jewish cooking courses, found a second home for the holidays when I could not be with family, and just met great people.
I have attended numerous services, including the high holiday services this year. I have also attended several Shabbat dinners, and numerous "Lunch 'n Learn" classes/conversations at the UW School of Law. Now I am collaborating with one of the rabbis to create a program for Washington State prisoners who are interested to converse about contemporary issues. We will provide a Jewish perspective on those issues, if the inmates are interested.
I went on a birthright trip with Jconnectors and had an amazing time. Too amazing to write hear :-P After the trip, I was able to see my new friends I made on my trip and it's been great. I'm too busy to do many things with Jconnect, but from the weekly email I get, sounds like there's a lot to do!
The events that JConnect puts on for the post-college group of young adults in Seattle are wonderful. Granted, not all of them are for me, but in the last year or two, there have been more and more things that I have enjoyed being a part of. It has been great getting to know more of the Jewish community in Seattle, while taking part in new and exciting activities. This is a well-rounded program that has something for everyone. I'm looking forward to more fun times to come! Mazel Tov!
JConnect provides a unique home for post-college and graduate young adults. It is a creative program that fills a gap in our community by catering to those not ready or interested in a full synagogue membership. It is innovative in the way it seamlessly mixes up the ideas of 'Reform', 'Conservative', and other labels; and in how it mixes up religous, social, social justice, and other types of programming. The program relies heavily on student input and leadership. It's been a great way to meet other young Jews and explore our Judaism together.
My experience with Jconnect has been great! It is one of the only ways for me to connect with Jews my age in Seattle. The activities have been very creative so far and I have especially enjoyed the sponsored parties where everyone can just come to mingle and enjoy themselves. It is also a place where I feel comfortable talking about issues that pertain to me as young, Jewish woman in the working professional world. I will definitely continue to go to Jconnect events!
JConnect is a wonderful organization that provides opportunities for young Jews from across the denominational spectrum to find ways to make their Judaism relevant and meaningful--whether through learning, prayer, social justice, or the outdoors. I particularly love their community supported agriculture program, JHarvest, which teaches us about our Jewish obligation to eat local organic food.
As an openly gay Jewish young adult, I tend to avoid your mainstream, traditional Jewish “young adult” groups. They all seem to have a secret agenda of matchmaking their participants and making more Jewish babies! I always felt out of place and unwelcome, but Jconnect was completely different right from the start. Their diverse events attracted a diverse audience and I was immediately received with love and acceptance. At every event I felt warmly embraced by the staff and participants. They seemed to understand that not every young adult event needed to include loud music and alcohol for it to be successful. These days I check the Jconnect calendar almost every day to see what kind of new and interesting events are coming up, and I'm never disappointed! This past year they offered incredible cooking classes and a chance to see live Jewish performances. I appreciate how accessible Jconnect is, hosting events all around the city, making them affordable to grad students and non-profit employees such as myself and having staff introduce new people. I also appreciate how they have reached out the LGBT population by having special events like Shabbat brunches, movie nights, Purim parties, and more! As a Jewish professional I have seen many non-profit organizations that serve the Jewish community but none like Jconnect. Their innovative programming, warm staff and creative programs have far surpassed my expectations. I only hope they continue to receive the funding they need to continue to serve the ENTIRE young adult Jewish population. Thank you Jconnect!
Jconnect has enhanced my experience in Seattle as both a community member and graduate student. Through my affiliation with the Social Justice League, I have seen first hand the work that Jconnect does both within and outside of the Jewish community. During the Yom Kippur holidays, Jconnect organized a group of volunteers to assist at a food bank. Jconnect has also been active in food drives, as well as contributing their earnings from their events to local non-profits - such as Lifelong AIDS Alliance, among others.
JConnect is not only a very welcoming organization, but it is dedicated to its pluralistic agenda. It provides events for people who want to learn, party, eat or pray. Or all of those things at once :) Its members are as representative of the organization as the range of events and even a newcomer always manages to find a friendly face at their events.