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November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

I am a member and past Board Member in the South Florida region. I held the position as Secretary on the Board for 2 years. Trips and activities enabled me to experience the outdoors in ways I would have never ever thought possible. From white water rafing trips, canoe and kayak trips, sailing, including activities like saving sea turtles and experienced not only outdoors, but indoors as well. I met incredible friends and retained amazing friendships.

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

saving sea turtles, park cleanups, white water rafting, sailing, canoeing, camping, hiking, square dancing, theatre, picnics, kayaking, understanding other cultures through participation, and so much more.

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 friends I made.

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

all types from all walks of life.

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

do even more than it does.

Ways to make it better...

I had the time to keep it up.

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

none that I can think of.

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

It's a group that came into my life when I needed it most.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I have been going to MOSAIC National Events since 2001 ... 5 "International Events" and a few "other trips" (e.g. 10 day trip to Yellowstone). The thing I value most about MOSAIC is that the people on the trips tend to be very open and friendly socially. It's not a cliquish group... I feel I can walk up to almost anyone, and they will be friendly and nice. That's rare to find in a group.

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

The ability to hang out with a group of nice, friendly people while experiencing nature in a different part of the country each year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

Mosaic has been part of my life for the last sixteen years. I happened upon the group accidentally while I was living in Delaware. I signed up for the Mosaic National Event over Labor Day weekend of 1993 before I had ever attended a single local event. I registered because it sounded like so much fun. And it was. It was a weekend of hiking, canoeing, and singing around a campfire, while living in cabins at a children's camp. And it was done in a Jewish setting, where I met people who shared so many of my interests. After that, I was hooked. I've attended nearly every Mosaic annual event since then. In fact, this year made number fourteen. I’ve done a number of other trips with Mosaic. One of the best was canoeing down the Colorado River, camping out each night at a different spot as we progressed down the river, and seeing absolutely no one else for that entire week except the twenty Mosaic members in our group. It was a week I'll never forget. It’s amazing how we’ve done so much, and how much we’ve grown, purely on the power of volunteers. Mosaic has become a "home" for me, even as we wander and explore. Every time we get together, we find old friends, and new. And it doesn't matter where we are or what we do. Our friendship, our fellowship, our connection...all bind us together.

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

...experiencing the beauty of the outdoors, making wonderful friends, and touching my Jewish roots.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I have been involved with Mosaic for over a decade. Have participated in many fantastic events, including a phenomenal week long canoe and camping trip down the Colorado River. Mosaic Outdoor Clubs are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet interesting people from all over. Mosaic combines a love of the outdoors with Jewish content to create a unique experience of adventure, spirituality, heritage and camaraderie.

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

participating in numerous events, camping trips, international events, hiking, nature education, snorkeling, preservation, cleanup, community support, Jewish observance.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more people to participate in more local chapters to bring the opportunity to experience nature in a Jewish context to more people.

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

Meeting great people and broadening my experience with the outdoors.

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

Down to earth, sincere, dependable, friendly, fun, giving and knowledgeable, many world class experts in their field.

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

Bring the love of nature, within a Jewish context, to many more people. Mosaic offers a unique and alternative entry to the Jewish community to teens, tweens, singles and those often disconnected. Money would allow Mosaic to reach these people.

Ways to make it better...

If Mosaic had more local chapters and had more programs.

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

Growing a new generation of leaders and growing participation by reaching more people and running programs in more areas.

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

Mosac's has enormous potential to (1) educate a love and preservation of nature and (2) reach those Jews that are disconnected from the Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I am the Founder of Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America. I am not currently actively involved, but I am thrilled with the group of volunteers that are doing such an excellent job serving the Jewish community. Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America serves as the International organization for local Mosaic clubs across the country, and throughout the world. It offers support in growth, leadership, and other vital areas, to all local Mosaic clubs. Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America also organizes an annual International event, which I have organized many times in past years, and I did so for 2009 as well. Through events like this, Jewish people with a love for the outdoors come together from all over to meet, socialize, and share adventures. Many couples have met and gotten married as a result of meeting at Mosaic events; the number is in the hundreds! I have friends all over the country, with whom I travel, visit, and communicate. Mosaic has changed my life, and the lives of many others. I honestly feel that it is one of the most important organizations that one can support, for so many reasons. I have personally dedicated a large part of my life to Mosaic Outdoor Clubs.

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

so many ways, including making many lifetime friendships, and some of the coolest adventures ever!

Ways to make it better...

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

have started the umbrella organization before starting the local, independent clubs.

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

The circle of friends that I've met, and the down-to-earth attitude of most of its members.

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

Jewish, mostly singles, but lots of couples now, mostly 30's to 50's.

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

make an even greater impact in the Jewish community, by starting more local clubs, and encouraging more Tikkun Olam.

Ways to make it better...

my wife were on these trips with me, but I wasn't married till recently, and we have two young children.

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

the fact that the local clubs started before the umbrella organization. Also, attracting younger adventurers to get involved in the Jewish community.

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

even if you've never really experienced the outdoors, give it a try. Nature has so many qualities for everyone to enjoy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I have been involved with my local Mosaic club for almost 18 years. From this club and the national organization Mosaic Outdoor Club of America, I have enjoyed the outdoors while learning so many new skills and meeting and makings life long friends. Being with other Jewish people who love the outdoors, keeps me in nature and lets allows me to grow spiritually. Wonderful organization!

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

MEETING AND MAKING LIFE LONG FRIENDS

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

LEARNING ABOUT MY JEWDISM AND MY LOVE AND NURTURE OF THE OUTDOORS

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

WONDERFUL LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

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

CONTINUALLY MARKET AND MAKE EVENTS AVAILABLE FOR JEWISH PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO COME TOGETHER FOR NATURE/NURTURE AND OUR ENVIRONMENT

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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