October 31, 2009
JConnect is a fantastic resource for young Jews in the Pacific Northwest. I wish JConnect had existed when I first moved to Seattle in 1997, it would have helped me connect with a broader Jewish community in a much more effective manner. When the program was established I met a ton of new Jewish contemporaries through their social, education, and social justice events. We baked kugels for Passover, learned about how to apply Jewish values to contemporary issues such as the Iraq war, and celebrated holidays together.
As a board member I have stayed involved in JConnect from a strategic and funding perspective. It is through JConnect and Rabbi Will that my wife and I found AJWS, where we will be serving on their Volunteer Corps program this winter.
JConnect faces a challenge around scaling the program to meet the full breadth of potential community needs. Making sure they are concious about prioritizing among the myriad of possible investments they make, scoping accordingly, and continuing to foster effective partnerships with other local Jewish organizations will be critical to further advance and evolve the program.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
education programs, including a wedding preparation class called "My Big Fat Jewish Wedding", holidays, and social events.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the open, respectful, and enjoyable environment they create.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely competent.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
transform the Jewish landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Right now JConnect does not have the staffing or resources to meet all of the potential areas where it can be active, especially outside of the immediate city of Seattle.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I helped put together funding for the program, worked on the strategic planning committee, and attended education, social, and tikun olam events.