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October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

Kavana has made it possible for my husband and I to daven in a meaningful way for the last 2 years after 4 years of feeling we did not have a place to go. Because of Kavana, we are now thinking about participating in a Jewish community year round, and feel empowered to know that if we have children, there is a place we feel will help us instill the values and experiences we care about.

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

They are welcoming and encouraging without being demanding or overbearing.

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

Many people -- they introduce themselves and remember your name and face.

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

Have a steady home and reach even more people with it innovative ideas for making traditional Judaism relevant in non traditional ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

Kavana is the first Jewish community where I have felt truly welcomed. When attending large synagogues or community events, often only the people who know me would talk to me or welcome me, however at Kavana, not only do the staff always welcome me and check in with me periodically, but the entire community welcomes me. Even though I am not as active with Kavana as I would like to be, I always feel comfortable and a part of the community when I do attend something.

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

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

the welcoming sense of community I experience every time I attend an event.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to the neighborhood they have most of their events at.

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

fund-raising.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

For a while I felt that I was missing a part of my Jewish identity, as I did not feel connected with a particular synagogue, but I was too old to be a regular at Hillel. After finding Kavana, this is the type of place that strives to make everyone feel connected, takes into account that people come from different backgounds and life experiences, and works to weave it all into something that strives to give each member what they seek.

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

how it started as a community organization. Without a permenant space, they were forced to work out of people's home and public spaces, and it gave everything a more intimate feel than it would if it was all just housed in a large hall.

Ways to make it better...

there were more progamming geared towards the 20's-30's crowd. Much of it seems to be focused on those members with young children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

As a Soviet Jew who moved to the United States at age 9, I have had my share of struggles with finding community. My upbringing was devoid of the more sublime aspects of Jewish culture and religion. Kavana was the first organized Jewish experience I have ever had that seemed to speak directly to me. When I arrived at an event, I was welcomed warmly, but without pressure. I felt free to think and observe. The members of the community were friendly and open to a new person. Rabbi Rachel was genuinely friendly and interested. Their programs are diverse, so I can always find something that appeals. It is non-denominational, which frees the services to be whatever works for the members, and indeed Kavana's approach to Judaism seem to fill a hard-to-define need. I am happy to have found Kavana!

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

Extremely bright, engaged, and friendly. They were genuinely interested in me as a person.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

Kavana has offered a place to better connect with and see the inner workings of the Jewish faith and how it is celebrated. Instead of feeling obligation, our entire family finds something at every Kavana gathering (whether that something is in learning, sharing, connecting or simply having fun). Kavana has amplified our connection to the Jewish faith and culture.

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

connecting the kids to the holidays as well as connecting with a rabbi.

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

change the days/hours of the sunday shool.

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

meeting people with open attitudes and warmth.

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

accommodating and inclusive with out pressuring or steering.

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

expand to include as many people as possible but somehow keep the same structure.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to focus on this organization.

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

funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

Kavana provides enriching Jewish experiences that resonate with my children. they have put tremendous time, energy and thought into the best ways to bring Jewish holidays to life for young kids. My children learned so much more about Rosh Hashana from the interactive conversation while apple picking than they ever retain from other jewish preschools and synagogue programs we have tried. i love the whole family approach to learning. it is a wonderful organization!

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

watching my children learn and grow and thoughtfully understand and discuss the jewish holidays and their significance.

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

the quality of the staff and other members along with the time and thought that goes into every meticulously planned event.

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

outstanding. the caliber of people is truly exceptional.

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

roll out a similar program in other cities and extend jewish learning around the state and country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

Kavana is a wonderful and unique organization that helps create a sense of community amongst people of Jewish faith. They have created a powerful and interactive dialogue amongst their members that is incredibly welcoming and inviting. Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum is without a doubt the reason we joined Kavana. She is a wonderful listener who really cares about Kavana's members. She has gone the extra mile on many occasions including our son's bris and helping us get through a particularly hard time during a recent family illness. She has a brilliant and inquistive mind and has been a powerful spiritual advisor to us.

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

the welcome and inviting atmosphere. It is also a place where rigorous study, dialogue and questioning is encouraged. No question is off limits.

Ways to make it better...

I can't really think of anything. They have provided a very rich and varied set of options for members to engage in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

Kavana impressed me in many ways, but most of all at a community meeting when they made their budget transparent for the entire community, including interested parties who were not already members. This felt inclusive, honest, and open to questions, concern, and new ideas. I felt very empowered.

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

the innovative programming

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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