Jewish Gateways serves a very important function in the Jewish Community of the Greater East Bay by reaching out to the unaffiliated in a warm, caring and non-conventional way. I have worked with Rabbi Bridget Wynne to create several partnered events for young Jewish families and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her. She is creative, sensitive and professional and Jewish Gateways reflects those characteristics.
I direct an organization in Cincinnati that reaches out to Jews and their family members who are loosely connected or not connected at all to the Jewish community. Our work is has been very successful, and I would like to see similar efforts in other places. I was thrilled to discover Jewish Gateways and to speak with their director to learn from one another's work. The foundation with which I work also made a donation to Jewish Gateways because we are so impressed with what they are accomplishing.
Rabbi Bridget has been sharing her vision and intentions for Jewish Gateways with me since long before she founded this much-needed organization. From the beginning, I have been inspired and impressed by her remarkable level of commitment, integrity, clarity, understanding, brilliance, skills, and ability to put it all together to create and maintain a wonderful, welcoming gateway into Judaism and the Jewish community.
A great organization! Able to reach out to and engage Jews who yearn for some kind of Jewish experience and connection but do not feel comfortable entering any "establishment" Jewish institution.
As a rabbinic colleague, it is my pleasure to work closely with Rabbi Bridget & Jewish Gateways. She is non-judgmental, open and meets people where they are; and, true to Jewish Gateway's mission, actively matches individuals and families to synagogues, community programs and resources. Its a wonderful partnership!
I am deeply impressed by Rabbi Bridget's ability to reach people who are not being served by the rest of the Jewish community. She is inspiring and tireless and has changed, many people's lives. She has done this with minimal support and resources.
Jewish Gateways serves an critical role in the SF Bay Area Jewish Community. There is a huge hole here where those who don't already feel comfortable in the Jewish world can't find an inroad to building the community they need to find spiritual grounding. Jewish Gateways fills that gap like no one else can, not pushing Jewish tradition on interfaith couples, nor prejudicing any one spiritual home over another. Instead, she humbly provides guidance and responds to questions without pushing any larger agendas on those she serves.
Jewish Gateways provides an important and accessible, inspiring and comfortable opening to Jewish interest and observance. Hopefully the organization can receive extensive support to expand its essential goals.
Jewish Gateways provides a warm, welcoming, non-judgemental place for anyone and everyone interested in exploring Judaism. Holiday events, workshops, Shabbat celebrations--Rabbi Bridget is so committed to making Judaism accessible, relevant, and inspiring!
As an active member of the Bay Area Jewish community I have had the opportunity to witness the important work of Jewish Gateways... 1)as an entry point for those who have reservations and yearnings to become part of our community, and 2)as a partner with local Jewish organizations seeking justice, tikkun olam and k'lal yisroael. I share office space with Jewish Gateways so I have had seen firsthand the way the director promotes the mission of the organization with deep understanding and compassion for those who knock on the door..... And, as an active member of the local Jewish community I observe the collaboration of Jewish Gateways with organizations across the community. In these turbulent times it is critical to the vitality of our Jewish community that people who have been alienated for any number of reasons have a gracious, well-informed and hospitable place to 'come in from the cold.'