JConnect has been great - I've been to some very well-organized and fun parties that managed to also have a great cultural theme. I am also currently taking a class through the Hillel that I was alerted to through JConnect.
JConnect has been a great experience for me as a Jewish student in the Seattle area. Every time I go to an event I make new friends and get valuable face-time with old friends. The programming is flexible and fits my needs and interests for where I am at in my life. Events like the Tu B'av Party and GBLTQ Shabbat are very helpful for me in establishing my own network and community of friends in Seattle.
Great events, involving all sorts of people who wouldn't otherwise be involved in Jewish activities. Creative and meaningful programming. Opportunites to travel to Central America with AJWS, Shabbat retreats, as well as local events. Involvement in the world at large through a deeply meaningful Jewish lens. JHarvest, new this year, has been a fantastic addition to what JConnect offers our community. I've also heard great things about the noontime study/lunches at Microsoft, the Medical School, Social Work School, etc. What a great idea!
Jconnect is one of the best programs for young professional Jews I have had the pleasure of being a part of. It is how I met the majority of my friends, and helped give me a solid foundation in a Jewish community without having to commit to joining a particular synagogue. Their programming is very well done, and their lean toward progressive, sustainable food culture is commendable.
A great mainstay of the young-ish Seattle Jewish scene, perfect for the many folks who move to Seattle post-college and are looking for a welcoming community.
I have been a supporter of Jconnect since it's founding. If you're a 20-something Jew in the Seattle area, Jconnect is the place you want to be.
I'm too old to qualify, but I've watched jconnect from its earliest days and I can say it's easily one of the most vibrant and inclusive organizations for the 20somethings. I've encouraged many young people to attend, and they all have given me great feedback.
JConnect has been a place where I have felt fully accepted for all of my identities and encouraged to just be myself in community. From day 1, the rabbi immediately came up to introduce himself to me and made efforts to make me feel comfortable and connect me with others. I am grateful for the essential space this organization provides!
Does a fabulous job of building community for people who might not otherwise have it, especially those who are new to Seattle.
As a Board Member of Hillel for over 35 years I can attest to the great impact JConnect has had in our community. I have seen it grow from an idea to a vibrant organization bringing young Jewish people together for many years with innovative and fun programming. may you go from strength to strength.
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 only wish that Jconnect would have been around when I was, well, younger than I am today :-) Great leadership, innovative programs, solid community!
When I moved to Seattle, I was amazed at the home I found at UW Hillel and the JConnect program housed there. I had found a new home. There were interesting social, educational, and religious events most day, with an astounding variety of activities. As a participant, I felt like an owner and contributor as well to my Jewish community -- one that really fit the young adult demographic niche about as perfectly as I could have imagined.
JConnect is an amazing program that is a shinning star in the nonprofit world. It truly connects young people to their community and to each other.
Jconnect has evolved into a major part of what Hillel @ the UW is all about. Extending the continuity, expanding the community, and seeing the passion and involved of all whom are involved is fantastic. The professional staff is outstanding and they continue to deliver meaningful and fun experiences for so many young adults in the region.
So good, I work there now! I ran volunteer programs and was looking for a way to connect more young Jewish folks with the work I was doing. I met the leaders of Jconnect, and suddenly every volunteer event was full of people doing great work and having fun. Eventually, I transitioned into a staff roll with Jconnect as Director of Social Justice programs where I now coordinate advocacy, education, service, and activism efforts. It's a unique and positive community, and a wonderful way for young Jews to be Jewish in fun and innovative ways.
JConnect is now an established part of the Seattle Jewish community for Jews 21-32 wanting to connect and reconnect to the Jewish community. As a transplant to Seattle, I've met a lot of great people through JConnect programs and have made some friends for life. Events such as Jews 'n Brews, the Spice It Up cooking class at Hillel with Israelis from Seattle's Partnership 2000 city in Israel, shabbat services and dinners, Jewish learning initiatives, and service opportunities have all been ways for me to connect to and with the Jewish community. Surpisingly, other U.S. cities have not emulated JConnect Seattle's model, so I feel lucky to be in a city and community that cares about its young adult Jewish population.
I was not an active member of my university's Hillel as an undergrad. I connected to Judaism in different ways. When I came to Washington, I found that J-Connect was the best way to connect to the community- either with other Jews or as Jews serving the larger community. Through J-Connect I have a wonderful start to my week because of Yoga with Whitney on Mondays. I have been a part of Robert's amazing outreach efforts to bring awareness and action on homelessness and modern slavery. I also have been connected to others in the community through Rabbi Jacob's awesome networking skills. They make it easy to connect whether it be through a themed happy hour, cooking for a local tent city, or having a potluck Shabbat hosted in someone's house nearby. If you're in the area, come check it out!
An amazing way for the Jewish crowd to connect with other people and make new friends. I appreciate all of the events that Jconnect puts together, and Passover lunches for the community are simply the best idea!
I have been a member of Hillel since 2001, and a member of Jconnect since 2005. They do an amazing job reaching out to students and alumni from the UW and beyond. They bring dynamic and diverse communities together, year-round, not just on key holidays. I especially love the classes they offer and the reasonable cost of the class (yoga for $7!? An all-day cooking class for $10?!? Fabulous! Madness!)