Jewish Gateways

Rating: 4.9 stars   68 reviews

Issues:

Location: 409 Liberty Street El Cerrito CA 94530 USA

Mission: Think of all the Jews – plus their family members, and spiritual seekers – who want to connect with Jewish life and community, or explore Jewish identity, but cannot find a comfortable way to do so. They may not know much about Judaism. They may fear being judged, bored, or told what to do. They may not have found groups, activities, and personal connections that work for them. Jewish Gateways welcomes all those who want to explore Jewish life at their own pace, in an open environment. We help them discover Jewish choices that are right for them and find or make their place within the broader Jewish community.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Rabbi Bridget and Jewish Gateways are a terrific resource for those responsible for member recruitment at our synagogues. The people who inquire about our communities already know something about us and are more likely to be great match because Rabbi Bridget has taken the time to get to know them and us. Bridget is also a great teacher and willing to meet everyone wherever they are in their Jewish learning, experience, and comfort level. She's very open and honest in her communication and has offered terrific, concrete ideas about making our synagogue more user-friendly. Rabbi Bridget's warm smile and calm demeanor could even make that greatest of Jewish neurotics, Woody Allen, relax! She is such a giver - of time, attention, and joy. I highly recommend her and Jewish Gateways for any and every type of award.

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

meeting new members of my congregation who've been counseled and coached by Rabbi Bridget. They are all a great fit for us and one of them has become a synagogue leader in her first year of membership.

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

Biggify it!

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

its well thought-through approach to making people feel comfortable with situations that are new and threatening to them. Rabbi Bridget is willing to share her knowledge of the wider Jewish community with me to help me improve my ability to serve it.

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

Warm, wonderful, creative, welcoming, hard working.

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

Have a larger facility, more activities, chances for people to interact. Create new synagogue programs. Improve the lives of people struggling with their Jewish identity by offering them alternatives to consider and helping them find fulfillment.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't be better.

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

Funding, funding, and more funding during difficult economic times. Cost of doing business in the Bay area, including media costs.

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

Give Rabbi Bridget and Jewish Gateways money! Let her train other Rabbis and laypeople to do more effective outreach.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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