Judaism Your Way

Rating: 4.92 stars   84 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 3030 E 2ND Ave #107 Denver CO 80206 USA

Mission: JYW’s mission is to offer innovative opportunities to connect Jewishly for Jews and their loved ones
Results: Over the last 12 months we have touched the lives of more than 2000 people through our programs and lifecycle event services.  Our email list of those interested in hearing about our offerings has grown to more than 1600.
Target demographics: * those not affiliated with existing institutions, * those otherwise disengaged from active Jewish life, * interfaith couples and families, * LGBT individuals, couples, and families * “Jewish-plus” individuals and families, that is, those whose spirituality and identity encompasses more than Judaism, and * individuals and families of all financial means
Geographic areas served: Greater Denver/Boulder Metro Area
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We are a family with one parent from a Reform background and one from a Conservative and Rabbi Field's services are the only ones that feel right to both of us. We have been attending stop-in-shabbat and high holiday services since we first moved to Denver a few years ago; not only is Rabbi Field sincere, kind, and knowledgeable, but he continues to evolve as a Rabbi, which is wonderful to see. Another thing we like: are a non-traditional family (two moms), and have always felt completely comfortable at JYW services- JYW is a proud and out loud supporter of the gay community (e.g. presence at Pride). JYW has an odd name, but it is a wonderful service and I'm grateful that it exists.

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

Providing welcoming services to *all* Jews.

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

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

The children's services are excellent!

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

Friendly and welcoming

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

Do more of the great work it does.

Ways to make it better...

nothing

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Judaism Your Way has really helped me understand and appreciate my Jewish heritage. I love the moving celebrations of Jewish holidays that this organization offers. Even more valuable to me have been the adult education classes that Rabbi Brian Field conducts. These classes resonate deeply with the values I absorbed growing up (in a secular household) and have helped me articulate what I always suspected--that those values derive directly from Jewish religious tradition.

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

the feeling of being refreshed, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, that I get from all of Judaism Your Ways activities.

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

learning about Jewish mystical traditions in ways that have .

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

always welcoming and engaged.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Fantastic welcoming feeling and warmth from the Rabbi and his staff at all the events I've been to. The first event I attended was a Shabbat Dinner at Red Rocks Park and I brought my daughters. While conversing with the Rabbi and participating in prayer, his wife played hide and seek with my girls on the surrounding trails and they had a blast. Israeli Dancing and picnicking in Wash Park on another Shabbat was also a great time. High Holiday services are outstanding for the last three years I have gone, especially for the clarity and thoughtfulness in putting together a mostly English service that is understandable, instead of the the rote recitation of ancient prayers in Hebrew which I do not fully understand.

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

my spiritual life being more fulfilled than ever before

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

work on raising funds to provide additional programming and events. Increasing the number of times to participate in shabbatons or other events would make it feel more like a community.

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

the friendliness and the ease I feel at any of the events I attend.

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

amazing!

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

Spread the message of Jewish acceptance around the country

Ways to make it better...

more programming is available

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

funding to expand the menu of services.

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

I am thankful to the Rabbi and his wife, and staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I felt included when I began attending Judaism Your Way, previously I had never felt this way. My husband is not Jewish and I did not feel he was accepted at other Temples we attended. Being accepted is a huge factor for me. The services maintain tradition, while trying to explain the traditions many of us may not understand. The positive approach to explaining the scriptures is also soothing, rather than guilt ridden.

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

By attending very meaningful Holiday services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was raised with Orthodox Judaism. I attended a Yeshiva for many years and practiced what I was taught. After much soul searching I rejected the Jewish religion. When I served in the U.S. Air Force I was introduced to Reform Judaism. This I liked for many years. Again with soul searching I once again rejected the Jewish religion. After many years of disbelief I found Judaism Your Way, and this did it for me. All Jews are welcomed with their beliefs. I have found a home for me and my family at last.

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

Celebrating many of the Holidays with Jews of all backrounds

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

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

Advertise and reach out to more people including more non-Jews to introduce them to my faith.

Ways to make it better...

Judaism Your Way had more funds to take in more Jews to clebrate more of the Jewish Holy Days and Festivals.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Judaism Your Way was the organization that I turned to when I was ready to begin my formal conversion to Judaism. Rabbi Field was able to answer all of my questions and make me feel comfortable. Not only was he the Rabbi at my wedding, but he also has been able to help me on my spiritual quest during some down time in my conversion process (conflicting schedules because of nursing school right now!) I have found Judaism Your Way to be the organization I will always be involved with because of the amazing people and their involvement in the community!

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

the fact that Judaism Your Way involves community members by asking for feedback and striving to give each member or interested party the most out of their individual experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My husband and I started coming to Judaism Your Way a year ago for the high holiday services. Though we had previously been affiliated with a synagogue, we left that synagogue for a variety of reasons. At JYW we found the services and the people to be extremely welcoming and inclusive to Jews and non- Jews alike. The atmosphere has always been welcoming. I have also participated in the Spirituality group which is diverse and always a good conversation. Additionally, I have volunteered doing clerical work and the staff has been magnificent!

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

the inclusiveness of the programs

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

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

the warmth and welcoming of the staff and participants, as well as the Rabbi's depth of knowledge about Judaism as well as other religions.

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

knowledgeable, personable, and very appreciative and supportive.

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

expand their programming exponentially.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't!

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I "found" Judaism Your Way and its High Holiday services after becoming dissolutioned with my traditional synagogue which I had attended my entire life. My two children are in interfaith marriages and this inclusive gathering that is full of respect and welcomes the diversity among us, answered the needs of my family. It plays a vital role in the lives of Jews and non-Jews as they relate to Judaism each, in a very personal manner.

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

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

The manner in which the Rabbi and its stated mission accepts and respects all Jews and conducts itself in a non-judgemental manner that invites participation and introspection.

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

The Rabbi is philosophically "right on" for this organization and the staff is warm and friendly and clearly dedicated to the mission.

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

Continue with its mission in a year round manner in a building without becoming like all the rest of the places of worship---too expensive,and not welcoming to all.

Ways to make it better...

I loved attending the outdoor, botanic garden services but guess that the number of attendees outgrew the garden facility this past year. The tent setting made it very unique and even more spiritual.

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

To continue its mission and expand it to reach more people while not losing the essence of what it is.

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

I'm unclear as to the Rabbi's desire or availability in becoming a part of congretant's lives in times of illness, death, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

They are open and non-judgemental.The rabbi lead a service for my gay jewish group.My partner felt accepted at the Yom Kippur service. Another non jewish friend like the seder dinner.

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

my community

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

have more advertising

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

learning more about the inner me

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

very friendly and helpful

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

spread the jewish word and philosphy to the world

Ways to make it better...

i could have taken off work to attend more functions

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

financial contributions to keep it going

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

i hope i can do more in the future

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The 'Big Tent' of Judaism! Warmth and kindness combined with knowledge and experience. And a unique ability to accept people as they are and help them achieve their personal and spiritual goals without judgement. If only cloning were far enough along to create a gaggle of Rabbi Brians...

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

its brand of non-judgemental, fun, inspired and inspiring Judaism to many more people and not have to worry about where the money is coming from.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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