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April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

After moving back to the East Bay, Jewish Gateways has provided me with immeasurable resources and guidance in finding Jewish culture and events in the area. Rabbi Bridget Wynne is exceptionally kind and welcoming. I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in Judaism, on any level, to contact this great organization. There is something at Jewish Gateways for everyone. I really look forward to further involvement. Check them out!

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

meeting new dynamic and interesting people, while discovering synagogues and Jewish related activities within the area.

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

grow it!

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

learning and socializing!

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

exceptional.

Ways to make it better...

there were more events offered.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I am a Jewish mom of an African American daughter. This monthly gathering is a perfect introduction to Judiasm for her. Everybody is very friendly and warm. My daughter likes the music, games, puppets, bubbles, stickers and food. I feel fortunate to have this special way of teaching my daughter about a part of my culture.

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

have a bigger facility in which to host the Saturday morning events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 14, 2009

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November 14, 2009

I have been to several events and have enjoyed them all. There is always food and interesting discussion. In addition, there are always new people to meet and speak with. I would highly recommend this group to others. There is a warm setting and frequently new friendships are started.

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

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

The very interesting discussions which follow dinner.

Ways to make it better...

Space permitting, more people could attend

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 10, 2009

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November 10, 2009

I am really glad that I have found Jewish Gateways. As someone who is a little fuzzy on my spiritual side, JGate has given me the opportunity to experience various topics from a Jewish perspective. These programs include topics that not only affect the spiritual but everyday life and perspective. I go when the topic peaks my interest - probably few times a year. I have even gone to high holidays services. It feels more personal and applicable to my life. Thank you rabbi Bridget.

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

That it gives me a link to the Jewish community since I don't totally relate to being part of congregation at this time. I also like that children can be involved with adults but there is also space for them elsewhere if they want to go play.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 10, 2009

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November 10, 2009

All my friends were Jewish. My wife is Jewish. My mother-in-law lost everything in Austria,1939. After a lot of historical digging I found an official listing of my last name as Jewish. Great! For most of my life I have been wandering and wondering about my "jewishness". Am I? Were We? Can I? Are you sure? It was with the help of Rabbi Bridget Wynne and Jewish Gateways that I was encouraged to pursue my deep and abiding yearning to find a Jewish home for my soul. Without her constant creative, accepting, and supportive energy, I would still be yearning instead of DOING. Talk about a Mitzvah... Toda Reba!

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

I have found my Jewish Community.

Ways to make it better...

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

I can't think of any at this small scale, the Rabbi is doing a great job with very limited resources.

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

Total acceptance for of my place on the Jewish journey.

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

The people I met were always authentic and acceptiing.

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

With more money Jewish Gateways would be able to perform Jewish outreach on a more creative and grander scale. There are many afraid, angry, and questioning "Jews" out there.

Ways to make it better...

There would have been more people available to help us, not just the Rabbi.

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

Fund raising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization needs all the help it can get.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

I brought my children to a Shabbat morning gathering and we had a terrific time! We were simply looking to be with other Jews on Shabbat and my kids are little enough to have enjoyed the challah cover-making and the other activities for kids. The setting in El Cerrito is lovely. Great place to celebrate and explore Judaism, no question!

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

Rabbi Bridget Wynne is absolutely warm and welcoming and her approach to families is open and helpful and supportive. I can't imagine a better person for the "job" of presenting a gateway to Judaism.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I am a big fan of Jewish Gateways because Bridget Wynn knows exactly how to reach out to people who want to know about Judaism and are too afraid to go to a synagogue. Whether people are the children of mixed marriages, lapsed Jews, non-Jews married or about to be married the Jewish partners, people who are thinking of converting to Judaism, Bridget knows how to gently reach them. She is kind and nurturing and so are the groups she leads.

The Great!

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

the home of the group located in El Cerrito.

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

Bridget Wynn's gentle outreach.

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

kind and nurturing.

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

expand and bring in more people eager to experience Judaism

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

I was born and raised a Catholic in a pretty conservative family in the Philippines. Being Catholic though had raised so many questions in my mind, especially about worshipping only the one true God. So I started searching the internet and talking to friends with Jewish backgrounds on how I could participate in Jewish worships and rituals. I finally had the courage to attend one service in a synagouge in Berkeley. The experience did not encourage me at all. However, in Yom Kippur, I decided to go to Jewish Gateways, expecting that it would probably be the same experience with my first one. But to my surprise, Jewish Gateways was much, much different. And to be specific, Rabbi Bridget Wynne, was the warmest, friendliest and most loving Jew I had ever met. As soon as I entered the room, I right away felf her welcoming gaze. There were no questions in that gaze, i.e. what is this colored, non Jew doing here? She looked at me like she already knew me. I love this, I said to myself. There were a few of us all together, about 9 people. Then she sang, and taught us about Jewish culture and holidays and explained in a most loving way. There was one person who was a little mentally challenged and I was amazed at how Rabbi Bridget patiently and lovingly listened to his stories. I am definitely going back there again and again. Jewish Gateways is truly a beautiful road to travel if one is looking to explore Judaism. It certainly expresses the lovingkindness a Jew is expected to share with all - I mean all- kinds of people in this world we share.

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

the warmth and love of Rabbi Bridget for all kinds of people - colored, non Jew, poor, mentally challenged, or emotionally challenged.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 13, 2009

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October 13, 2009

My two-year-old and I have been going to the programs for young children at Jewish Gateways for more than a year. These programs are run by Rabbi Bridget Wynne and child educator Mimi Greisman. Mimi sings songs, reads book, and uses puppets to teach the kids about Jewish holidays and traditions. We have made challah, decorated a sukkah, lit Sabbath candles, and done much more at Jewish Gateways. My parents and my partner's parents don't live nearby, so we don't always have family around to celebrate Jewish holidays with us and to teach our daughter about Jewish life. Because of this, Jewish Gateways has been a valuable resource. My daughter has fun attending the organization's events while also learning about Jewish traditions.

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

that my daughter gets to have fun while learning about Jewish traditions. Also, the staff of this organization provides a bridge to other Jewish resources and the local Jewish community.

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

warm and generous.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Currently, I am in the process of converting to Judaism, but before this decision I was confused and uneasy about the different branches of Judaism, the traditions, the services, and where to get help. Jewish Gateways allowed me to explore Judaism in a low anxiety, in fact, warm way. For example, participating in a Rosh Hashana meal and celebration with Jewish Gateways made me feel welcomed. Two particular ways that Rabbi Wynne made me and others feel safe was asking if we had any questions at any time during any event, and being proactive about following up with me via email or phone and getting me the help I needed straight away. Several times she offered to call rabbis for me and arrange meetings so that I did not have to worry about what to say or how to say it. Overall, I felt welcomed into the Jewish community. I do believe if it were not for Jewish Gateways, I might not have had the courage nor knowledge to stick to take extra steps, attend a synogogue, speak with other rabbis, and partake in community events. Jewish Gateways also made me realize there are many types of Jews from various backgrounds and ethnicities. In other words, Jewish Gateways is a major factor in my decision to convert because I accessed the people and events I needed in order to experience Judaism authentically.

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

The welcomed, openminded approach that the members offered to all people from all backgrounds; Jewish or not. I felt it truly was a gateway to Judaism.

Ways to make it better...

It is hard to find a way to make this organization better from my point of view. Perhaps they should charge or fund raise more to have better funding so that they can offer varied levels of Jewish education and events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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