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October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

Kol Tzedek started as a small but dedicated group of individuals committed to Jewish rebirth in West Philadelphia, a neighborhood that has been without a synagogue for many years. It has blossomed into a vibrant community that welcomes people with a range of viewpoints on Jewish culture and practice. As a former chair of programming on Kol Tzedek's board, I've seen how a youthful exuberance and willingness to experiment has blended with interest in the Jewish past to create an organization that appeals young people and young families and serves the urban setting perfectly. It's truly gratifying to see how attendance has grown at services, educational programs, and social justice outreach.

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

Seeing the Torah school grow from a small startup to a well-organized program that attracts young families from around the neighborhood.

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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

I must admit I am a little biased, as a founding member of Kol Tzedek, and a longtime fixture of the board. But it is an incredible intentional community of progressives from all across the religious spectrum. Progressive in the sense that we all agree to be ourselves and to deliberate around a 21st century Judaism that meets our needs, but is informed by tradition. I had looked at other shuls before but nothing came close to what we have created in the homes, parks, and space at Calvary.

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

my own growth as a leader, a communicator, a learner and a Jew.

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

keep it like it is, but allow it to grow with outside "angel" financial support to move towards more programming and celebrations.

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

growing as a person by being part of it.

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

considerate, kind, down-to-earth, and smart-as-a-whip.

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

provide a home for Jewish seekers, thinkers and feelers in its own facility, with a ton of innovative and challenging programs - it could serve as a beacon for progressive judaism everywhere.

Ways to make it better...

we had the money for own space that we could fill with amazing programs and services.

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

the youth and high turnover in the west philly community and the relative lack of financial wealth in the young congregation to fund more program

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

it's one of the great jewish organizations in America today!

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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