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October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

JYW is providing meaningful ways of connecting Jews and their loved ones to authentic experiences of Judaism. By starting with the goal of saying "yes!" rather than "no," the organization returns to a central Judaic core that has been all too lost in modern Judaism. JYW replaces fear with joy, and what's more Jewish than that?

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

committed to the kinds of Jewish values that most speak to me and my Jewish community.

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

heal thousands of relationships between Jews, their loved ones, and their experience of Judaism.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

Judaism Your Way is filling a very important role in providing low-barrier access to Jewish programs and services for Jews and their loved ones who are not affiliated with mainstream Jewish organizations. Their commitment to inclusion and their welcoming of the non-Jewish partners of Jews is unique and reflects the best in our Jewish tradition.

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

the energy and enthusiasm that staff and volunteers bring with them and the professionalism of the staff leadership.

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

highly skilled and dedicated

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

make a significant difference throughout Jewish communities in the United States.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 10, 2009

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October 10, 2009

I've attended High Holiday services for the past 4 years with Judaism Your Way (JYW). The organization welcomes all people and is very inclusive. Rabbi Field and the staff go out of their way to make you feel like you have finally found a Jewish home. For example, at the beginning of services Rabbi Field talks specifically to those who might not be familiar with the service, or are visiting for the first time. The siddur has Hebrew, transliteration and English and is very accessible. JYW has incorporated new ideas into the service that keep it fresh. The latest service used a dialog between the Rabbi and another person that made you feel like you were a participant at the very beginning of Jewish history. I grew up in an interfaith family in a large Midwestern city during a time when interfaith marriages were uncommon. I knew of only one other family like ours. We felt discrimination from both Jews and non-Jews. When I began participating in Jewish life here in Denver, I was not totally surprised to see that Jewish prejudice regarding interfaith families was still alive, and even supported by some of the rabbis I met. How profoundly sad. Rabbi Field's worldview is accepting, without prejudice, and comes from the heart. Interfaith couples or children of interfaith couples will feel particularly welcomed without feeling pressured or thought less of in any way.

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

it is inclusive. Interfaith couples and children of interfaith couples will feel very welcomed.

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

very friendly and accepting.

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

Have it's own facility and reach out to many more people who are looking for a Jewish home that embraces people no matter what their circumstances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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