Had joined a study group that met monthly.At each session, we covered a tightly-written chapter that covered a different facet of Jewish life and thought. Found the interplay of discussion with group members an eye-opener, via the different backgrounds and experiences represented. However, the sterling attraction of the project was the discussion leader, Rabbi Brian Field. Both deeply and broadly knowledgeable in the totality of Judaism, I found, in conversing with him, a veritably-super intellectual"across-the-net" player in religious discourse. That experience was a true highlight for me.
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.
My husband and I married each other 17 years ago and with him being Jewish and me a Catholic we struggled with a place to belong. A place where we could embrase each other with our love and committment to each other and to God. For 14 years we found no place. But then we came upon Judaism Your Way and with open arms were welcomed. Our children we/are being Bar Mitzvahed by Rabbi Field. There was never a more beautiful experience for us or for the people who attened the service - both Jew and non-Jews. Rabbi Field has alway made me feel included and extrememly important even though I wasn't Jewish. There is no better feeling than to pray openly with my children and husband. To be in such a loving respectful congragation - its WONDERFUL. I am SO greatful that God brought us Judaism Your Way. Thank you.
I come from a very strong conservative Jewish background, deeply steeped in ritual and celebration. I have had a very deep Jewish education and involvement with the Ramah summer camps for over 10 years. My experience was quite frankly, never involved with the more spiritual side of Judaism. It was quite dogmatic and at times, even harsh. Very little regard for questioning and discourse other then what we were studying at that moment. The result was that I felt ostracized and left alot behind. There was really no sense of community in my many years of Ramah summer camp and education well into the Prozdor program at the JTS in New York City. I find Judaism your way open and nurturing. It is in a true sense, very much community directed and I feel part of this.There is no judgement over belief or practice, or for that matter, non-belief or non practice. I find their work through community programs enlightening and exciting. it feels very nice to touch base with my Jewish roots in such a different way. I have met very interesting people on very different spiritual paths all with a sense of inquiry and thoughtfulness.