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November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

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.

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

working with Rabbi Wynne and seeing the wonderful ways in which she reaches out to the unaffiliated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

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.

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

learning more about ways to help Jews and their family members discover Jewish tradition in an open-ended context.

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

creative, professional, enthusiastic, open to sharing insights with other professionals.

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

reach many more Jews and family members who I know, from my organization’s experience, are looking for ways to connect. And could help build a national network of organizations doing pluralistic Jewish outreach, which our community desperately needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

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.

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

hearing individuals who have been served by Jewish Gateways speak in such glowing terms of the support they received in their journey towards a deeper connection with Judaism and the Jewish community.

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

reach out to the 100,000+ people in the Bay Area who would benefit greatly from its support, and create an outreach model that would allow organizations throughout the country and the world to benefit from Rabbi Bridget's brilliance and experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

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.

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

I direct an organization that also connects Jews and their family members with Jewish life in innovative ways. In this work I see repeatedly how important it is for there to be many ways to explore and be part of Jewish experiences.

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

The director has an extraordinary capacity to make all people feel welcome, understood and appreciated for who they are.

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

1. Serve more of the many people- probably nearly 100,000 Jews in the local community who can't find comfortable ways to explore Jewish life. 2. Create a replicable model throughout the country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

November 5, 2009

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November 5, 2009

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!

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

matching people who are looking to find a gateway into the organized Jewish religious community being "held" until they find the right permanent home.

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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 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

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.

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

hearing about the diversity of experiences and backgrounds of Jewish Gateways participants.

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

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.

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

Watching attendees gain access to the Jewish community in ways they never thought were possible.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure its resources continue & grow in the future.

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

Rabbi Bridget has such a great sense of humor.

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

Delightful.

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

Create welcoming Jewish spaces all across the Bay Area, covering all of the major Jewish holidays.

Ways to make it better...

I have not attended the entirety of any of her events yet, so others are better at judging such things.

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

Making sure it does not have to charge too much for its services, which would create a barrier of entree for many who most need it.

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

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.

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

hearing from individuals celebrating their new understanding and appreciation of their own Jewish identity and value of ritual in their lives.

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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

November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

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!

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

Openness, creativity, welcoming.

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

Dedicated, passionate, patient and kind.

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

have a larger space for events and celebrations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

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.'

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

It would truly improve the responsiveness of our Bay Area Jewish community to the rich diversity of 21st century American Jewry...

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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