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KAVANA
October 21, 2009

I became involved in Kavana two years ago, after bouncing around and searching for ~15 years for a Jewish comunity that resonated for me. What grabbed me was the idea that we are all responsible for creating our own Jewish experience. Kavana provides a way for people to participate in creating the type of experience that works for them. One can choose ritual, building community with peers, social justice, education, or some combination. If you want it you create it, and the organization provides critical and very smart support. At my stage of life when I discovered Kavana, I had young kids. I was dissatisfied with traditional Jewish education, so I became heavily involved in an initiative with other parents to renew Jewish educatin for children. We developed a family education program -- as distinct from a children's education program -- and it's taken off. The organization also is unique for bringing Seattle's business savvy to creating Jewish community. While Kavana is building on traditional Jewish communities, it also is thinking outside the box -- really creating a new box -- for how a Jewish community might organize and become sustainable. In a nutshell, I believe Kavana has the ideas, brains, and chutzpah to create an innovative path for Jewish community. And that makes it exciting to be a Jew!

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

participating in and watching the creation of an innovative children's and family education program. I'm watching my kids develop a joyful Jewish identity. Awesome.

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

building on tradition while not being afraid to buck it.

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

replicate its idea for innovating exciting, meaningful, and magnetic Jewish community elsewhere in Seattle and in other cities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I attended activities and then helped build a novel approach to children's Jewish education.