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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303-320-6185
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

JYW's philosophy is what every Jewish agency needs in the 21st century: start with an understanding that customers are savvy and wants meaning in their lives; seek commnity but define it differently than their parents do; live by Jewish values but know less about their roots than any previous generation; and will always seek more if the products and services they access are high quality and strike a chord. These customers are not looking for less authenticity at all, just a product that doesn't judge them or force them into boxes. JYW is a living laboratory and we need more like it and we need them now.

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

listening to the comments of those they serve.

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

diversify its staff.

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

their openness and value they place on individuals' poaths.

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

often turned off by previous Jewish experiences.

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

rock the world and bring Jewish values to millions of Jews and non-Jews alike.

Ways to make it better...

they and others like them were funded to offer even more services.

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

funding, mainstream acceptance, a sound business plan.

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

thanks for asking my opinion.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I do a lot of songleading and playing music in the Denver Jewish community -- part-time at a Reconstructionist congregation and a Reform Temple and for a number of other shuls, programs and organizations. I've worked with Rabbi Brian for several years at many JYW events, and from the outset I've always been impressed with Brian's ability to draw people in and help them open themselves to the creative possibilities of Jewish life. Brian models a Judaism that is inclusionary, nonjudgmental, affirming and sweet. Backed by his capable and hardworking staff, he exhibits true menschiness and guides an organization that Colorado is lucky to have.

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

finding a kindred soul and mentor in Rabbi Brian.

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

meeting people for whom JYW has been an open door into a more welcoming Judaism than they'd experienced before.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I’ve had a great time working with the staff of Judaism Your Way as an outside evaluator, and I’ve also had the pleasure of going to their events. I’ve found the staff to be dedicated to the mission of holding the doors of Judaism to Jewish people and their friends and loved ones. The events are warm, welcoming, and FUN!

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

warm and welcoming, and self-reflective as they continually work to offer their services and improve them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I work in the Denver Jewish community, and working with the Judaism Your Way "team" is always a highlight. They are collaborative and warm, conscientious and effective. We have cohosted Tu B'Shevat Seder twice, and found it to be a great partnership.

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

collaborations, and see that they are focused on the good of the community.

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

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

working with Brian Field. He is a one-in-a-million.

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

Lolly and Kerry are both as accommodating and creative as any partners with whom we work.

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

help ALL non-affiliated Jews find a spiritual connection to their Judaism.

Ways to make it better...

they have more time to collaborate on other programs!

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 once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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