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!)
JConnect Seattle is an incredible resource for 20/30-something jews in Seattle. With dozens of activities per month, there is something for everyone - networking, parties, social justice, jewish education, shabbat dinners, jewish environmentalism, sports teams, outdoor activities, cooking classes... you name it. Jconnect is all about creating connections and building relationships - between individuals in the community and between individual jewish 20/30-somethings and other Jewish Regional/National groups. Personally I feel more closely connected to the Seattle and American Jewish communities as a result of my involvement with Jconnect. Jconnect is blessed to have two amazing, high-energy, dynamic and engaging rabbis; a passionate and dedicated staff; and a diverse and creative crew of volunteer event planners/organizers.
Jconnect is a model to be emulated everywhere. I have never seen a more effective program for helping jewish life to flourish
Jconnect is a great organization that does so many wonderful things for our community. The diversity of programs is unbeleivable, and the creatvity of offerings is beyond words. There are programs that really cater to the young adult demographic, and I have met great friends through the program.
Jconnect has been an amazing place to meet other young Jews, participate in cool projects, go on hikes, and go for services. This year I really loved participating in the Jharvest program with Jconnect. It's a Community Supported Agriculture program, where we get fresh organic vegetables from a nearby farm and pick them up each week. It's helped me eat more healthy, and been a good way to socialize with people who value fresh food like I do. We had an amazing harvest dinner out on the farm, with 70 people eating all of these amazing dished prepared by a volunteer chef.
JConnect is the place for Jewish post-college young adults to gather, connect with each other, learn, and pray. Personally, it has been my main connection to Jewish activities since college. I would likely be less involved and informed without it. Jconnect serves a wide range of people with a variety of services. The various rabbis attempt to build relationships with the parcitipants. I have met up with Rabbi Will specifically on several occasions for coffee, and to discuss matters Jewish, outside of any official planned activity. In years when I can't make it home for high holidays or Passover, I feel very at home in the Jconnect services and events. One of the rabbis hosts monthly mid-week lunch-time learning sessions on the Microsoft campus, which I find quite informative and interesting if a little rushed. A few years ago I attended a birthright Israel trip organized by Jconnect and consisting of entirely local members (with the exception of one, who later moved here). The experience was incredible, and I now consider a number of my fellows I met on the trip to be good friends. JConnect has so much to offer, that all but the most misanthropic anti-socialite would find at least some part of it appealing. I am grateful that Seattle has such a service to offer.
I have enjoyed having jconnect seattle as a community player for the past several years. They continue to put on a variety of great events, everything from educational lectures to exercise classes to great parties and simchas. They are filling a niche in the seattle jewish community that had previously been vacant and I think they reach a lot of people that would otherwise not have a community to participate in.
I have been a board member for a year now. The welcome and support I have received from staff, board, and JConnect members has been so impressive and heartfelt. The program manager organizes so many well-attended events and continues to engage more and more young people in our area. The executive director is one of a kind and is the heart and soul of Hillel UW.
As someone who moved to Seattle from another city, Jconnect was a perfect way for me to meet a great group of individuals throughout the community. They're an extremely active organization with a wide range of activities to choose from. A lot of my friends to this day or people I've meet through JConnect events.
JConnect has introduced me to a network of like-minded peers who get together for various events - both secular and religious - in the Seattle area. In addition to local events, JConnect also addresses topics of interest to link our local community with the greater Jewish community as a whole. Along with community building through JConnect, I've enjoyed the wide range of diverse activities promoted by the organization - yoga classes, lectures, community supported agriculture, religious classes, cooking, outdoor activities, social justice events, just to name a few. There's literally something for everyone.
Jconnect welcomed me into Seattle. As a Canadian transplant moving into a new city, having an organization of people my age to meet was indespensible. Most of my friendships in Seattle have formed from people I met at Jconnect events and were fostered by the Jconnect community. Beyond connecting newcomers, Jconnect provides some truly special and unique opportunities. It is one of the only organizations that focuses on the graduate student and young professional community. This is particularly important because this age group tends move away from the undergraduate community very quickly but isn't quite ready to be immersed in more family oriented activities. As a result many young adults end up feeling alienated and isolated. Jconnect enables the opposte, a feeling of belonging and a gateway to the next phase where family oriented events and activities are more appropriate. Finally, Jconnect is extremely diverse. Since it caters to the Jewish community, one could easily make incorrect assumptions about what types of events Jconnect offers and what type of people lead and attend them. Jconnect offers activites for those interested in religious life, but also those interested in social justice, political action, outdoors activites (particularly valuable in the Pacific Northwest) and general social activites. Jconnect is almost entirely participant led thanks to a great staff that mentors and encourages participants to come up with new ideas for events and activities. This means that if a participant would like to raise funds for a charity or volunteer at an organization that Jconnect doesn't yet support, they have the freedom, the resources and the encouragement to organize the event and Jconnect will publicize it and provide any assistance necessary. This has helped furthery diversify the events, activites and body of participants such that they are all beyond classification. I have yet to find any organization that is as welcoming and understanding of people who don't self-identify with a particular community (religious sect, nationality or otherwise) and connect them with one another in an environment of encouragement, tolerance and understanding. The result is a truly remarkable organization that has welcomed thousands of would-be isolated young adults and energized them into active participants and leaders of a continually changing and growing community.
JConnect Seattle is many things to me. I daven at J Connect services on Shabbat and chaggim; it is my shul and Rabbi Will and Rabbi Jacob are my friends and teachers. I stop by Hillel sometimes just to say hello and usually bump into friends/community, and that's always very nice. A handful of us have also started our own weekly learning group which is an important part of all of our weeks. I also attend some J Connect events at farms, danceclubs, at Hillel and around. I am a musician and J Connect often employs and provides me with space and support. I also use Hillel counseling services. In short, J Connect does a lot for me. It provides community, Yiddishkeit, employment, counseling, spirituality, food, girlfriends, good friends and warmth.
There were various attempts to resurrect existing and start new Jewish 20-something programs in Seattle, but none were successful until JConnect came along in ~2004. Since then, I and many others can credit JConnect with helping us (re)connect with and grow our Jewish identities, establish our social circles, and meet (and marry) our significant others. My experience with JConnect was so formative that I have since become a board member of the University of Washington Hillel, something I never would have anticipated before my involvement with the program.
As board chair for Hillel - and as a board member who has watched Jconnect start and get incredible momentum, it is my honor to recommend Jconnect as among the most innovative and exciting programs in the Jewish world today. Whereas many programs are focused on Jewish youth or on young families, Jconnect targets the age at which many people who are seeking meaningful Jewish experiences have critical questions of identity and want and need a safe, engaging and open environment in which to find their Jewish Journey - and delivers incredibly well on what they're seeking.
Jconnect Seattle is a wonderful organization that creates a community of Jewish young professionals and graduate students throughout the Seattle area. The leaders of Jconnect Seattle are exceptional. Throughout the year, they provide a significant amount of programming and they are always friendly and welcoming. Some examples of activities include weekly classes, community supported agriculture, Shabbat dinners and social justice opportunities. In addition, I have learned a great deal through my participation and I have made some amazing friends and connections along the way.
Hillel at the UW with JConnect comprise the most creative and successful Jewish organization in the city and, perhaps (for young adults) the country!
Seattle is filled with opportunities for young Jewish adults, but Jconnect manages to always offer unique activities that really speak to my generation. I have made new friends through Jconnect, and felt more connected to my community. The events help me have a meaningful Jewish experience at a time in my life when synagogues membership doesn't fit my needs. Jconnect is the first place I turn to for Jewish community.
I've been involved with Hillel for almost four years. They are very well organized and do an extremely good job of bringing together the young adult Jewish community of Seattle. I owe so many friendships to Hillel. They offer something for everyone. Participating in the new J-Harvest CSA program has been life-changing for me. Rabbi Will and Rabbi Jacob have helped me grow my spirituality and are now an invaluable part of my life.
I have been engaged with Jconnect off and on for six years now. I have seen the program go through many changes involving both personnel and structure. With that being said, the constant is that I am always welcomed back with open arms. I have taken part in everything including Jewish learning classes, AJWS trips, Birthright trips, Passover/Tu B'shevat sedars... For a year and a half I ran a Moishe House and worked closely with Jconnect in a more formal business type relationship and with that help was able to accomplish a lot from a grassroots perspective. I don't want to gush anymore about Jconnect but it was the first place I found Jewish community in my adult life. I had been lacking that connection since 10th grade confirmation. At this point, many of those that surround me are Jewish and I feel entrenched in this community
JConnect was how my partner and I found our community in Seattle. We moved here from Florida 5 years ago and knew no one. After attending many events we knew that we had found a great organization that had everything we were looking for in our new community. Within 3 years of attending a myriad of events we felt as connected in the young Jewish community as many of our new "Seattleite" friends. We can attribute most of our deepest bonds and most meaningful friendships to JConnect and the efforts of Will Berkowitz and his fantastic staff.
When I first moved to Seattle 5 years ago from Florida with my partner, we knew nobody and our nearest friends or family members were thousands of miles away. We discovered JConnect and instantly built a strong network of friends. While lately we have not attended JConnect with the same frequency we did our first two years here, the effects JConnect has had on us still remain strong. We are always attending Shabbat dinners (and throwing them ourselves) with friends from the JConnect community and our sense of Jewish identity has heightened after taking several classes and learning more as an adult than I did from stopping my Jewish education as a high schooler. I am grateful for everything the Hillel staff has provided to me over the years and I know my time in Seattle would not have been the same without JConnect.
When I first moved to Seattle 6 years ago, Jconnect immediately made me feel at home in my new adopted city and provided an instant community. From High Holiday services, to social events, to educational experiences like the "Lunch and Learns" on Microsoft campus and the "My Big Fat Jewish Wedding" course, all of the programming at Jconnect has always been of exceptional quality and fun! Over the past few years, Jconnect has done more and more to make a difference in the local and global community. Rabbi Will and others at Jconnect have fostered an amazing social justice program, and there is now also a great emphasis on promoting sustainable agriculture -- Jconnect even has its own CSA. Rabbi Will in particular has been a great mentor to my husband and myself as we have planned a sabbatical year in which we want to give something back to our community. He helped us get in touch with organizations we could partner with, ultimately culminating in a volunteer assignment with AJWS. I would certainly recommend Jconnect as a great place for any young Jew looking for community in Seattle; the organization offers programs for all types of people and interests.
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.
My experience with Jconnect has been enriching and enlightening. I've always felt welcome and challenged; two qualities I deeply appreciate about the organization. And...Rabbi Will Berkovitz is a true asset!
Jconnect Seattle has helped me find a community away from home with invaluable social activities and support. I recently moved here for graduate school and was looking for a way to reconnect with my Judaism - JConnect provides ample opportunity to interact with my peers with anything from casual Shabbat dinners (Shabbat around the Sound!) to dance classes, Hebrew discussion groups, and amazing field trips to local farms.
Jconnect is one of the most welcoming places you will ever come across. This organization has built a community where it is easy to find everything from an intellectually engaging discussion to interacting with group while out for a bike ride. In my case, I found a bunch of Argentina Jewish compatriots and soccer buddies that helped me made the transition from my life on the east coast of the US. I also found excellent Shabbat dinners, a great Rabbi who led my conversion to Judaism, the ultimate testament of how welcoming this organization can be. Over the years, an orderly continuity of great leadership has preserved the culture by ensuring that a retiring Rabbi transferred his knowledge to a new generation. JConnect is an outstanding setting for spiritual and social community building that has transformed my life, and over the years, the life of many young people in Seattle.
I moved to Seattle several years ago and didn't know many other Jewish people in the area. A friend of mine told me about JConnect and I've been a big fan ever since. I've been to many great events and made some great friendships over the years. The last event I went to was the Tu B'Av (the Jewish "Valentines Day") and it was a blast. Also, being a young professional from out of town, I don't belong to a temple, but I usually make it to services on High Holidays (through JConnect/Hillel at UW) and am always impressed.
I moved to Seattle about 5 years ago barely knowing anyone. I found information about JConnect online, e-mailed the director at the time, and he immediately wrote me back inviting me to coffee and sending me information about all sorts of events. I began to participate in everything from rock climbing to volunteering for local organizations to Shabbat services. Thanks to JConnect I now feel like I am part of a wonderful community, I have a great group of friends, and a wonderful husband whom I met at a JConnect event!
I have attended services and other Jconnect events where the numerous number of 20 and 30 year olds were obviously very involved and engaged.
When I first came to Seattle, I knew no one--thanks to JConnect I was able to find young adults like myself and be part of a community. It made my transition to a new city so easy and I got to be involved in things that really mean something to me--social justice programs, arts, culture and entertainment, too!
J Connect is a place for young adults to go that helps this cohort stay engaged at a time when many of them would feel uncomfortable in the Jewish community. J Connect has all kinds of programming from spiritual to art to music to social justice work that is done within young hip context. I'm thinking about things like Megillah reading at a local bar which drew and drew and drew. There's no way most of these kids would have gone to synagogue on Purim. J Connect is a place to stretch social consciousness and work with Jewish values.
Since I returned home from college in 2006, I have attended several Jconect events. Jconnect is a great organization that helps young adults connect in the Seattle Jewish community. I have made many great friends through this organization and will continue to participate over the years. I enjoy that venues vary and so do the attendees. No event will be the same. Always new people to meet and more fun to be had. While I have family in town, I know many others who benefit from spending holidays with their new found family made through Jconnect. I would recommend Jconnect to newcomers to Seattle and natives alike!
I have experienced first hand the power that Jconnect has for both the individual and the community as both a staff member and then a participant. I myself didn't really have a strong Jewish community growing up but Jconnect helped show me what a healthy, fun, and exciting Jewish community can be.
I've been a member of JConnect Seattle since 2003. It's really been the vehicle that helped me meet other Jews my age who shared my interests. In addition to helping me meet a number of good friends, JConnect also sponsors Chagim and this has meant that I have a place to go since my family doesn't live in Seattle.
My experiences with JConnect have been many. In fact, when I think of the experiences that have served to create my Jewish identity, I often come back to my experiences with JConnect. Whether it was a holiday meal, Kabbat Shabbat services, a trip across the world or a simple gathering of friends to discuss the most recent happenings in the Jewish community, JConnect has been the fabric that tied the pieces together.
When I moved to Seattle, I was looking for an experience to help me connect socially and culturall to Jewish life in the Northwest - JConnect has been an incredible resource. Through JConnect, I've taken educational classes such as Jewish cooking courses, found a second home for the holidays when I could not be with family, and just met great people.
I have attended numerous services, including the high holiday services this year. I have also attended several Shabbat dinners, and numerous "Lunch 'n Learn" classes/conversations at the UW School of Law. Now I am collaborating with one of the rabbis to create a program for Washington State prisoners who are interested to converse about contemporary issues. We will provide a Jewish perspective on those issues, if the inmates are interested.
I went on a birthright trip with Jconnectors and had an amazing time. Too amazing to write hear :-P After the trip, I was able to see my new friends I made on my trip and it's been great. I'm too busy to do many things with Jconnect, but from the weekly email I get, sounds like there's a lot to do!
The events that JConnect puts on for the post-college group of young adults in Seattle are wonderful. Granted, not all of them are for me, but in the last year or two, there have been more and more things that I have enjoyed being a part of. It has been great getting to know more of the Jewish community in Seattle, while taking part in new and exciting activities. This is a well-rounded program that has something for everyone. I'm looking forward to more fun times to come! Mazel Tov!
JConnect provides a unique home for post-college and graduate young adults. It is a creative program that fills a gap in our community by catering to those not ready or interested in a full synagogue membership. It is innovative in the way it seamlessly mixes up the ideas of 'Reform', 'Conservative', and other labels; and in how it mixes up religous, social, social justice, and other types of programming. The program relies heavily on student input and leadership. It's been a great way to meet other young Jews and explore our Judaism together.
Simply, it rocks. As a student at UW, and now alumnus, it has been a great resource in keeping in contact with people. The events I've been to have been fun, and I've met good friends through it.
Jconnect is an amazing organization that allows young adults to mingle and help out good causes. Everyone is so close from the start and its an amazing group of people!
Jconnect has been a welcoming place for all young Jews in the community. It was a great place to meet new people when just moving to Seattle, it provided constant opportunities to try synagogues, events to attend, and classes to enhance your Jewish knowledge. It also provided the chance to help in the community, from volunteering at the JFS food bank, to contributing to local CSAs to selling challah for Justice to name just 1% of what they do. It is continually a great nonprofit that understands a need to provide a welcoming, warm space for its clients, new and old. Continue all the great work Jconnect!
Jconnect is a wonderful program. It is the only program in Seattle that focuses on the demographic of young people who are between college and married/family life. It does a great job of providing religious and social programming for those who aren't ready to join a synagogue but still wish to engage with the Jewish community.
My experience with Jconnect has been great! It is one of the only ways for me to connect with Jews my age in Seattle. The activities have been very creative so far and I have especially enjoyed the sponsored parties where everyone can just come to mingle and enjoy themselves. It is also a place where I feel comfortable talking about issues that pertain to me as young, Jewish woman in the working professional world. I will definitely continue to go to Jconnect events!