November 13, 2009
I am on the Hillel board. For well over 20 years I have been involved in a variety of Jewish organizations attempting to reach out to younger Jews and get them involved in Jewish activities. It is very hard to do this. For me, JConnect is a terrific success. From the very beginning it has been very well organized. Its very dedicated (and overworked) staff draw in very constructive ways on the talents and resources of those involved to create many types of events responsive to the needs and desires of the group it is trying to reach. They range from the most fun (Purim parties) to the most serious (work on very meaningful social justice projects), from the small-scale to the huge. The staff does a systematic and terrific job of keeping track of participants so that it's possible to assess how well JConnect Seattle is doing on a regular basis--something that is usually not well done at all in voluntary organizations is being done very well here. The ongoing attempts to link those involved to synagogues work very well; my own synagogue hosts monthly Shabbat dinners with JConnect, and regularly attract far more people than I would havae thought possible.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
testimonials from those involved about how their participation has changed their lives in meaningful ways
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the combination of dedication and competence of the staff
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
expand its reach and help build other, similar organizations in other communities
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & help with planning and evaluation.