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November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

Kehilat Hadar has been my primary spiritual community for the past 3 years. I attend services there every weekend and on holidays, as well as evening classes during the week, and retreats. The organization is entirely volunteer led, and recently restructured its leadership to be more sustainable and better able to provide programming. It is one of the leanest, most organized and responsible organizations I have ever been a part of, with an exceptional attention to detail.

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

my regular spiritual and religious life.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to evolve its leadership structure.

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

the consistently high quality of everything that it does.

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

creative, committed, and responsible.

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

provide a meaningful traditional egalitarian experience for tens of thousands of Jews all around the United States.

Ways to make it better...

the organization could have met more often.

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

how to transition from fully volunteer run to potentially including paid staff.

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

I wish all other organizations had volunteers that were this admirable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

Kehilat Hadar was the welcoming, egalitarian community I was looking for when I moved to NY. Everyone there was welcoming and made me instantly feel like I belonged. There are always people saying hello and inviting others to Shabbat meals. Kehilat Hadar is also a place that encourages participation. They help anyone who wants to learn to lead davening or to read from the Torah. The people of Kehilat Hadar have become more than just a community of friends. They are my extended family.

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

helping with their social justice work.

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

feeling that I belong to a kehilah - a community. It has been a place where I could grow and participate at my own level of observance without any pressure of trying to conform.

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

move into a permanent location of its own instead of renting available locations and carrying supplies to and from storage each week. Hadar could also reach out further to help other communities create the type of kehilah we have here in New York.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

A very high quality davening and friendly atmosphere. The commitment to excellent prayer services and attention to detail (sheets with page numbers, meticulous preparation leading to seamless transitions in prayer and highest quality prayer leaders), great leadership training and lay empowerment, all contribute to a positive energy throughout the organization and at their events.

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

Friendly and passionate. They made me want to be more involved and were appreciative when I was.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

Hadar fills an important need in the Jewish community. It is the only truly traditional yet completely egalitarian congregation I have found in the city. The community is primarily made up of young adults, which for those of us who fit into that category is a very important thing because it provides a valuable social circle; however, it is a welcoming and accepting environment for people of all ages. The leadership does a fantastic job making everything run smoothly, always innovating and coming up with new ideas and programming, and promoting feelings of acceptance and community. They invite suggestions and criticism, and take comments constructively and seriously. The commitment to social action and learning is extraordinary. They run everything in a warm and professional manner.

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

Professional, welcoming, creative and accommodating.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

I used to live on the upper west side and thats how i started going to hadar. It got me interested in judaism again after I stopped doing it (which happened in college). I grew up orthodox and didn't like it - and Hadar introduced me to a community that was different. The hadar community didn't care about labels, about what i believed in and what I did. It was a great once a week connection to the Jewish community. And now i only attend the shavuot retreat. its a wonderful program where I get to go to a summer camp and play sports or learn and most of all pray with my community. Thank you.

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

the fulfillment of my jewish life.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase spirituality and decrease the intellectuality.

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

praying.

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

kind and helpful.

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

teach a loy of people how open and unconventional judaism is.

Ways to make it better...

there was some incorporation of my body in programming.

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

spontaneity and making things interactive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

Hadar is a wonderful place to pray, and to explore and stretch your Judaism. It is inspiring to be in a room with 150+ young people who are committed to egalitarian prayer. I have made some of my closest friends at Hadar.

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

Everyone is very committed and excited to be working on such a wonderful project!

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

Find a (more) permanent space that had windows and could be used on a year-round basis, and hire a full-time staff member to allow volunteers to spend more time innovating.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

It is my community. It is where I feel as a whole Jew in service of G-d and others. This community strives always for growth, bringing together those who are serious about their Judaism.

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

bikkur cholim, when I was recovering from a surgery, this community made meals for me and visited me.

Ways to make it better...

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

n/a

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

the ongoing commitment to growth and excellence.

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

committed.

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

buy its own building, expands to a daily minyan, provide a day school committed to its values.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

the next generation...

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

n/a

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

I spent two years living in New York City and Kehilat Hadar provided me with a strong and supportive community for prayer and Jewish life. During the summer of 2008 I learned at Yeshivat Hadar which transformed and greatly enhanced the way that I learn Jewish texts. It is largely because of Yeshivat Hadar and the faculty that I have decided to spend this year in Israel learning at the Pardes Institute. I have found that Hadar has done an amazing job of attracting the most thoughtful, knowledgeable, and influential staff, several of whom I remain in contact with, and who have helped me make a number of life decision. I believe that Hadar's goals are a necessary project for the modern American Jewish community, and I am continually awed by the pace of their growth and impact on my friends and the larger Jewish community.

Ways to make it better...

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 connections to people and resources that it has provided for me, and the incredibly high level of learning and teaching that it inspires.

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

the type of people who I want to stay in touch with both personally and professionally.

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

change the way that Jews learn and think about Judaism and its role in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more free time to learn in the Yeshiva and involve myself in the larger projects of the organization.

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

financial, especially given the state of the economy, and finding a permanent location so that they don't need to operate out of a less than ideal facility.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

Kehilat Hadar is amazing. It provides a prayer and ritual space where all persons are treated with dignity and respect, where one can explore religion and spirituality, and improve skills. It's a supportive community that not only was founded on a unique vision of what's often called "traditional egalitarianism," but is a a community that continues to be innovative, open to new ideas, and constantly re-evaluating to make the experience and the community better for its participants and the wider world.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

Diverse, fascinating, and interesting. Truly committed to improving the organization, and always looking for innovative ways to gather feedback, be more inclusive, and retain the "core" values at the same time.

Ways to make it better...

There was a way for members/clients/volunteers to visibly opt-in to the community by either a non-dues 'membership' or some other semi-public affiliation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

This is a community that achieves a level of spiritual fulness that I have never found elsewhere in many travels.

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

having a place to pray regularly that feels like home.

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

change the Jewish world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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