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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Judaism, Religion

Mission: JYW’s mission is to offer innovative opportunities to connect Jewishly for Jews and their loved ones

Results: Over the last 12 months we have touched the lives of more than 2000 people through our programs and lifecycle event services.  Our email list of those interested in hearing about our offerings has grown to more than 1600.

Target demographics: * those not affiliated with existing institutions, * those otherwise disengaged from active Jewish life, * interfaith couples and families, * LGBT individuals, couples, and families * “Jewish-plus” individuals and families, that is, those whose spirituality and identity encompasses more than Judaism, and * individuals and families of all financial means

Geographic areas served: Greater Denver/Boulder Metro Area

Programs: Provide life cycle events in jewish lives ranging from the celebration of birth to death and all holidays found on the jewish calendar; to provide the necessary spiritual counseling addressing jewish laws and customs and education regarding living a jewish life.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

13

Board Member

Rating: 5

Judaism Your Way is serving people in the Denver/Boulder community by providing life cycle events and programs for Jews and their families who feel that their needs have not yet been met by traditional Jewish organizations. People feel welcome, and are offered many opportunities to participate in Jewish life in a way that fits for them.

14

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I attended a JYW event that was very enjoyable and during which we all learned a lot about a lovely Jewish holiday that we had previously been unfamiliar. It was a lovely experience to get together with other Jews and celebrate Jewish culture in general. The JYW staff/organization clearly put a huge amount of effort into the event, and designed something that had activities and meaning for people of all ages. I think that JYW provides an invaluable service for unaffiliated Jews in Colorado and also offers a creative set of programs that affiliated Jews can benefit from as well.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

JYW has been an invaluable resource for our family. We are an interfaith family so finding a place where we are comfortable and can practice and learn about Judaism has been difficult. This organization filled the need on many levels. Rabbi Field taught a series of classes for elementary school children who were not affiliated but wanted some Jewish education. He met with the parents and designed a curriculum that worked. We are grateful. JYW acted as a resource for Interfaith Community of Denver in providing workshops and discussions for interfaith families. The services have been wonderful and inclusive - filling deep needs. I loved overhearing an older gentleman comment, "Now this is how a service should be!" I was asked to be a resource speaker at the JYW support group for interfaith families which was a great experience and obviously filled a need for new interfaith couples. The Stop N Shabbat programming has been innovative and interesting and Fun! They expose people to a wide variety of Jewish experiences and expressions. It has been so good to find a Jewish home for our family with such great resources and our roles have been as client, student, volunteer, etc. We are so grateful.

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JYW has been an invaluable resource for our family. We are an interfaith family so finding a place where we are comfortable and can practice and learn about Judaism has been difficult. This organization filled the need on many levels. Rabbi Field taught a series of classes for elementary school children who were not affiliated but wanted some Jewish education. He met with the parents and designed a curriculum that worked. We are grateful. JYW acted as a resource for Interfaith Community of Denver in providing workshops and discussions for interfaith families. The services have been wonderful and inclusive - filling deep needs. I loved overhearing an older gentleman comment, "Now this is how a service should be!" I was asked to be a resource speaker at the JYW support group for interfaith families which was a great experience and obviously filled a need for new interfaith couples. The Stop N Shabbat programming has been innovative and interesting and Fun! They expose people to a wide variety of Jewish experiences and expressions. It has been so good to find a Jewish home for our family with such great resources and our roles have been as client, student, volunteer, etc. We are so grateful.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Judaism Your Way is the first organization that I know of in Denver to really try to connect Jews without obligation or only in search of funding. JYW tries to really reach those in the Jewish Community who have not been reached by any other Jewish organization in years. There is a place for Jews in the Denver area where people can connect on there own terms without being told how much to give or how often to participate. JYW offers this to the greater community.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am in an interfaith family. Fourteen years ago when I was looking for options to get married I found the options at the two reformed synagogues I had a relationship with wouldn't perform the ceremony. In the fourteen years we have been married we hadn't found a fit for our family to participate in the traditional institutions in town until Judaism Your Way. We are raising our children Jewish and have found a resourse to make us feel comfortable and welcome participating in the local Jewish Community.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is interfaith and we discovered Judaism Your Way several years ago when we were searching for a rabbi who would consent to marry us in a combined Jewish/Christian ceremony. We found in Judaism Your Way an organization and a staff that has been so supportive and inclusive of our family and our needs. We felt very excluded from the synagogues we had went to with family and friends; a community that was very vocally against any kind of interfaith marriages and family. Judaism Your Way opened their doors to us, and because of this we have found a new community of interfaith friends, religious experiences that our family feels comfortable with, and spiritual dialogue that we felt was missing in our life. My husband, who is Jewish, had been very unconnected from Judaism for years. He further distanced himself from Judaism when we received no warmth from other Jewish organizations and synagogues when we searched for a spiritual home as a family. Now, he embraces his Jewish identity more and is comfortable in continuing to explore his Jewish roots and spirituality. As a non Jew, I feel very welcomed. I have always felt comfortable in asking questions and seeking knowledge, even when I know it is very basic. We look forward to celebrating more life events with Judaism Your Way as our family grows: baby namings, child education, and family spiritual events. Judaism Your Way is a part of our spiritual family!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

JYW's philosophy is what every Jewish agency needs in the 21st century: start with an understanding that customers are savvy and wants meaning in their lives; seek commnity but define it differently than their parents do; live by Jewish values but know less about their roots than any previous generation; and will always seek more if the products and services they access are high quality and strike a chord. These customers are not looking for less authenticity at all, just a product that doesn't judge them or force them into boxes. JYW is a living laboratory and we need more like it and we need them now.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter's Bat Mitzvah experience was the best I could ask for. She met with Rabbi Brian Fields one time per month for a year. She connected and felt very comfortable with the Rabbi. Their training sessions were something my daughter looked forward to each month. The outcome was a very happy and educated Bat Mitzvah. I would highly recommend Rabbi Field to work with any young children.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's the best way possible to make interesting new friends with an interest in Judaism. It's a REAL asset to our community.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides a wonderful, spiritual, and meaningful experience every time I have attended. The High Holiday services, the stargazing and menorah-gazing at Chanukah, the folk dancing at the Shabbats at the park, the Challah baking--- all are not offered anywhere else.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our kids were in elementary school they spent a few years going to temple/religious school on Saturday mornings. Then, their sports took over and we found ourselves pulling our kids out of Saturday morning religious school all the time. We always felt so guilty doing that, but our kids really loved their sports. Our daughter Jacki is a figure skater, and our twin sons Jeremy & Ethan play competitive travel ice & roller hockey. We weren't involved with any of the temples functions because we live about 25 minutes away, and it always seemed to conflict with the kids sports. We also felt guilty going because we never went to many things, and didn't know anybody. The following year our children didn't attend any religious school, and we really weren't sure if they would ever have the chance to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We met Rabbi Brian Field a few years back during the High Holiday services. We thought it was a fabulous laid back atmosphere, and such a wonderful service. As the High Holidays approached we went back to his service which Judaism Your Way (JYW) holds at no charge to all who would like to attend. This year I noticed the attendance increased double in size, and again it was wonderful. It was time to call JYW to see about the possibility of a Bar/Bat or B'nai Mitzvah for our children. Rabbi Field sat down with us and described the many choices we had for our children. He didn't tell us there was only one way or one choice, but there were many choices!! Also, he was flexible on days and times! Discussing this decision with our children they were very excited about the adventure. All three decided they wanted to have the Mitzvah together. We picked a time during the week to meet that worked for the Rabbi, and our children. Then, we started our journey for the next year and 3 months. We were on the way to a three-way B'nai Mitzvah! We set the date for a summer Mitzvah because it wouldn't conflict with sports. Rabbi Field was always wonderful. There was never any stress put on any of us. The most important thing is the kids loved him! Leaving their first session with Rabbi Field they jumped in the car and said it was "amazing"! They said the same thing at the last session!! There was never a struggle to go to their sessions. They enjoyed every moment of them. Jacki studied Hebrew with Cantor Birdie all year. Her Torah portion at the Mitzvah was absolutely beautiful. The boys picked separate projects to research. All three studied at their own pace, and chose their own direction. Their B'nai Mitzvah took place on July 25th, 2009. It was amazing!! Rabbi Field put together the most incredible service EVER!! Each kid had their own moment, and it was so special. Three kids all doing different things in one Mitzvah, and it went so smooth! Rabbi Field has a wonderful way of taking a large group of people, and making them feel so comfortable. He allows for people to be part of the service instead of watching the service. We are soooo happy and proud to continue to be a part of JYW. We always feel welcomed, and wanted. The most amazing part of all of this is that our kids are proud to be Jewish. They were also taught how to be good people. Better people. How to make this world a better place. To be honest people. Most of all Rabbi Field taught them acts of loving kindness. I can't thank them enough for everything they have done for our family. This year all three kids had to write papers about an experience in their life. They all wrote about their Mitzvah, and that it was the best day of their lives. Mandi & Larry Solat

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were visiting the three synagogues in The Jewish Ghetto in Venice recently and the guide explained to us how the bimah was situated in the middle of the room and the Torah therefore, was read from that position. My husband caught my eye and mouthed,"Just like Rabbi Field did on Rosh Hashanah." I nodded, "Yes." Rabbi Field brought the Torah to us and we gathered around it like the sages of old. What an warm and emotional time we had. Singing and reading and sharing surrounding the scroll. That experience is symbolic of Judaism Your Way. Rabbi Field and the programs bring Judaism to the people. To paraphrase his opening remarks on the High Holidays. "Welcome to you no matter where you are in your Jewish path. We welcome you no matter who and what you are. Welcome to those who are not Jewish, but whose beloved is. WELCOME!!! What an incredible thought! No guilt Judaism. Everyone is invited to be participate and to share this Jewish experience. No longer a member of a congregation, I faced a real dilemma when my son wanted to have a naming ceremony for his daughter whose mother was not Jewish. I sought out a orthodox friend of mine and asked, "Do you know any rabbi that might hold a naming ceremony?" Fortunately I was told to contact JYW. I spoke to Rabbi Field who then spoke to my son and his wife and a ceremony was created that was inclusive and comfortable to all and my grandaughter was named after her great grandmother amidst a gathering of her family and friends. Her brother, three years later was also given his Jewish name. My second son and his intended had been attending an interfaith couples discussion group led by Rabbi Field and when they decided to marry, it was under the chupa. JYW creates Judaism in a modern meaningful manner. Celebrations of holidays are in creative and unique venues and the participants are engaged in the activity and celebrating the Jewish experience happily. I am unable to articulate the depth of my gratitude for Judaism Your Way. It plays a vital in our community and we are so very fortunate to have the program in the Denver Area.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are an interfaith couple and found Judaism Your Way when we were searching for a Rabbi who would perform our ceremony. In Judaism Your Way we found what we were looking for and so much more. In addition to helping us craft a ceremony which included elements from both of our traditions, JYW offered interfaith discussion groups where we found informative and stimulating discussions on the joys and challenges we are facing. We also started attending some of the wonderful holiday services Judaism Your Way offers. When we were experiencing personal difficulties, we found a sympathetic ear. In short, Judaism Your Way has helped us connect in a much deeper and meaningful way with each other and our faiths than we otherwise would have. While it is not a replacement for the fellowship we have within our local synagogue, it provides important additional elements we were not receiving elsewhere. We so enjoy our experiences with Judaism Your Way that we think nothing of the 120 mile roundtrip journey we undertake to attend.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JYW is a vibrant community where all Jews and their families can find refuge and connect in wonderful new ways. I am a Zen priest, and often encounter Jewish men and women who are attracted to Zen meditation. I am always looking for ways to deepen the experience of meditative mind and bring the resulting benefits of wisdom and compassion into the lives of all who are interested. JYW has provided a place where I can deepen my own understanding and appreciation of Judaism in ways that enable me to serve more fully. Rabbi Field has been a friend and an inspiration to us all.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JYW is a wonderful place were learning is easy and fun by dipping into a Spiritual type pot luck were everyone is giving and receiving in the form of Jewish enlightenment. Rabbi Field,in his class groups hands out litatue in the form of written passages and we all take turns reading, sharing what needs to be discussed. Anyone who attends will be taken with the way this man leads his Flock…You will believe if you attend.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I do a lot of songleading and playing music in the Denver Jewish community -- part-time at a Reconstructionist congregation and a Reform Temple and for a number of other shuls, programs and organizations. I've worked with Rabbi Brian for several years at many JYW events, and from the outset I've always been impressed with Brian's ability to draw people in and help them open themselves to the creative possibilities of Jewish life. Brian models a Judaism that is inclusionary, nonjudgmental, affirming and sweet. Backed by his capable and hardworking staff, he exhibits true menschiness and guides an organization that Colorado is lucky to have.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My most recent experience with JYW was at the High Holy Days services. While I hesitated about going to the campus at DU, rather than the beautiful Hudson Gardens where the service were held last year, I realized it wasn't the surroundings that made it special, it was the way Rabbi Field (and staff) presented the experience. My husband and I are very grateful for JYW as it gives a place to join others in celebrating Judaism. We are both at a time in our lives that we don't need what a traditional synagogue offers. Our appreciation goes out to JYW for being there. We look forward to attending the Bat Mitzvah of our dear friend's daughter next year...but will be participating in other services prior to that with Rabbi Field.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a black woman and a lesbian, it can be challenging to find Jewish spaces where I am welcomed with unquestioning warmth. I have always found this warmth with Judaism Your Way. I feel able to participate fully where I am at as a Jewish identified individual. That is the beauty of both the organization't title and the vision behind that title. I believe that Judaism Your Way opens the door for all Jews as well as people interested in Judaism to explore their pasts, presents, futures and possibilities of observance and expression in a safe and supportive way. Because it is Judaism your way and not "their way" or "the way," it removes the stresses of not fitting in. In my eyes, Judaism Your Way provides a unique service and a powerful contribution to the Denver community.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a venue which to ,both my husband and I, is a way to get in touch with our spirituality in a more meaningfull way. Our most recent experience at the High Holy days with the rabbi and those who helped act out the Torah portion, we thought, was an excellent way to bring Torah into a more relavant light---so one could actually relate to it (great for the young people). The use of music (both solo and group singing) pulls us together in our prayer. And, I for one, find the music soulfood!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What great fortune to have Judaism Your Way in Denver! This is a very unique organization, one that we'd be lucky to find in a more cosmopolitan city. My husband and I came to know of JYW through their High Holiday services, which unlike most temples, are open to all. This attitude of being so warm, welcoming, curious and open to questions of Jewish identity and Jewish development is what makes this organization unique and STELLAR! I cannot overemphasize this! JYW is a safe and ENERGIZING place to ask questions and to dialogue about many things. Rabbi Brian is truly open to discovery. He's highly educated, funny, intellectual, down to earth, and REAL. He doesn't proport to have "the answers" and is not interested in being "the expert." More like a learned scholar who is always learning more, and open to exploring with his clients, he faciliates an experience where it is safe to ask questions and continue to dialogue. Rabbi Brian performed the naming ceremony for our girl-boy twins, creating a meaningful, interfaith way to honor the start of their earthly journeys while including our family and closest friends Jewish, Christian and Buddhist, in the ceremony. The result was an experience that was original, heartfelt, expansive in its scope, and inclusive of the interfaith audience it served. Our friends and family LOVED IT! Experiences like this make JYW stand out as a place in which I WANT to educate my children, and continue to learn myself. JYW is a multi-generational learning and growth experience. Adults and children can learn about their Jewish heritage, explore their identities as Jews, and continue to ponder their spiritual choices. Questions are welcome, and each person's interpretation of what it is to be Jewish is met with interest, education, and an investment in that person's understanding of what makes life meaningful for her or him. I cannot recommend JYW highly enough! I'm just so glad that it's here, in my hometown.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was visiting my daughter in Denver last September. She does not belong to a temple but had heard of Judaism Your Way. My husband, daughter and her family and I went to Judaism Your Way for the High Holidays and were made to feel very welcome. At that time my grand daughter decided to join a new girls group that Rabbi Brian spoke of and has attended and loved the first meeting. She is also now doing her Bat Mitzvah with Rabbi Brian and my daughter is getting involved also. I look forward to my next visit to Denver and also to Judaism Your Way.

2 maggie, www.maggiemiller.org

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve had a great time working with the staff of Judaism Your Way as an outside evaluator, and I’ve also had the pleasure of going to their events. I’ve found the staff to be dedicated to the mission of holding the doors of Judaism to Jewish people and their friends and loved ones. The events are warm, welcoming, and FUN!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an active member of two synagogues in the Denver area and support both with my volunteer time and financially. I've been lucky enough to have attended several JYW events every year for the past four years and each time, I find it a deeply nourishing, Jewishly grounded experience. JYW is one of my Jewish homes. I have come to depend on JYWs perspective, I learn things there that I don't experience elsewhere, and I continue to remain just as active in my other Jewish commitments. I consider myself Jewishly well-educated and very comfortable and relaxed in my Jewish identity. I wish I could say I'm personally more comfortable with intermarriage, but I struggle with this reality.  I can really understand the Jewish leaders who throw up their hands in despair about intermarriage because, as liberal and "welcoming" as I am and try to be, on the inside I have often felt much grief that the Jewish people can seem like it is melting away. So I deeply understand the instinct to say "no" and close the door.   But I resent the fear-mongering that goes on in our community as it whips up a lot of feelings but doesn't get us closer to a flexible set of responses that deal with the reality of changing Jewish lives. Many of us, even if we are Jews in committed relationships with Jews like I am, have multiple affiliations and have more complex identities than did our parents. I want a Jewish community that knows how to journey with me, not just to wave good bye if I or my relatives or friends have lives that happen to resemble a braided candle.  Like many of the understandably scared Jewish leaders, I was raised to feel that non-Jews could never be allies to me or my community's vitality, that they represented the end of things, never the beginnings, that their eagerness to learn about Judaism, or to support me was somehow suspect or hollow.  Our outreach programs to interfaith families have also been on the hollow side. There still remains a huge chasm, a persistent sense of a "we" and a "they" - in and out of synagogue life.  I think some outreach programs have been effective but many have lacked a deeper, more confident infrastructure such as what Rabbi Field provides.  Rabbi Field has developed an extremely well thought-out framework for reminding people like me that Judaism has always taken in and used "outside" influences to grow and to refine our culture's responses to the divine, to the larger community, to each other.  What a thought to consider - that perhaps we are not chronically faced with dilution (annihilation) all the time but have opportunities to expand and grow while standing firmly on Jewish ground.  Rabbi Field is demonstrating how Judaism can be the "host," that we can reckon with the inevitable demographic changes - trends which are bigger than all of us - through deep engagement. He's showing that closing the door just won't work for the short or long-term health and vitality of our community. I watch Rabbi Field assume that many non-Jews with great integrity want to know how to stand with and stand up for their family members and our community as it morphs into the next form. As foreign as it is to my upbringing, I have begun to understand Rabbi Field's belief that many people want to be allies to our community and can be counted on to be effective, to be aware of the complexities and richness of the Jewish journey. They can be enlisted to support their spouses, friends and children who hunger for Jewish connections and knowledge even if they have no idea how or where to get it.  25 years ago a wonderful rabbi shut the door -- "nicely" -- in my brother's and his non-Jewish fiancee's face, and my brother hardly ever showed up in any form of Jewish life again. The fallout from this all-too-common experience continues - his two twenty-something children are smart, alive people but on the Jewish front they are confused - I can see that they have all the Jewish worries without any of the goodies.  Had this family been supported by a JYW I believe these young people would have a much more clear understanding of their legacy and be able to feel entitled to belong -that they have a claim on Judaism, that we need them - even if they did not have two Jewish parents but only one. If they saw their father as a legitimate, fully supported member of the community, whose Jewish contributions were sought and valued even if his life partner wasn't Jewish, how different their identity journey might have been.  Instead I think they see their father as having been pushed out for making a choice (when he was only 25!) that sealed his and their fates as forever "questionable" Jews.  I can deeply understand rabbis seeing themselves as the ones who must set boundaries, the ones who must ask people to make tough choices, etc. I believe that Rabbi Field's way of doing this same work - of maintaining the Jewish people's health -- is to say yes and to say it from a position of strength. He is not guarding the goodies for the "committed-enough" (by whose definition?), so much as inviting people to understand the goodies, to partake, to share them with others.  I think Rabbi Field certainly understands the more guarded worldview, but he does not want it to prevail, or to substitute for differently responsive leadership.  Rabbi Field positions Judaism as a strong host for a changing Jewish community while at the same time deepening and expanding Jewish expression in exciting ways. Some examples that come to mind include (1) JYW’s new Open Tent Bnai Mitzvah program which supports four different ways for young people to Jewishly celebrate their coming of age, (2) their embrace of cutting edge expressions of Jewish spirituality such as Storahtelling, and (3) their Tu b’Av Jewish Festival of Love - where my partner and I got to explore relationship dynamics from a Jewish spiritual perspective, hear Jewish love stories for grown-ups, and watch couple after couple renew their vows under the huppah. I wish Rabbi Field and JYW continued recognition for the important contribution they are making to Denver's Jewish community. Denver can be proud to be the incubator for a program and an approach which many of us feel should be getting national attention. 

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Judaism Your Way, under the leadership of Rabbi Brian Field, has given an opportunity to so many who have felt disenfranchised in trying to be part of the Jewish community. Rabbi Brian has indeed been creative, imaginative, and understanding in making each individual or family comfortable and relevant in their approach to Judaism. This organization has had a great beneficial effect in the Jewish community in their outreach approach.I really enjoyed the Tu b'Av Jewish Festival of love! Keep up the good work!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I atended High Holy Day Services at JYW and they were really wonderful. The whole idea of creating an environment and services that reaches out to jews of diverse backgrounds and degrees and types of engagements is great. So often organized Judaism feels exclusionary; this is inclusionary. So often organized Judaism seems rather dedicated to doing their thing but not really thinking about whether it engages or is meaningful to the people who (might) attend. JYW thinks deeply about that. When mixed couples attend usual Jewish services they seem to feel uncomfortable -- or so folks I know have said -- actually they often say they are made to feel uncomfortable -- yet people can't seem to understand why these folks don't want to attend services. Rabbi Brian is very creative and thoughtful, insightful and incisive, and the wonderful services were put on -- in a rented venue -- but two paid staff! Talk about great use of donors' money! So, they are doing a phenomenal job -- it's meaningful,personal, and very important. Six Stars

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in Denver 2008 for Rosh Hashana and was privileged to attend services conducted by Rabbi Brian Field. The services took place under a great tent on a glorious sunny fall day. There were at least four to five hundred people of all ages who became a community and worshiped together. Rabbi Field conducted a beautiful and meaningful service and I thank Judaism Your Way Jewish for making this available. What a wonderful opportunity for other cities across the country to replicate.

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been attending the High Holy days with Judaism Your Way for several years. They are very inclusive, generous and kind. I love their musically-oriented services. They are a terrific organization!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending the High Holy Days services for the last 4-5 years, and Judaism Your Way bring a real Jewish presents into my life. I appreciate all that they do to make everyone feel like they are where they are supposed to be. From the Rabbi to the staff, everyone makes and effort to be inclusive. That's very comforting.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Had joined a study group that met monthly.At each session, we covered a tightly-written chapter that covered a different facet of Jewish life and thought. Found the interplay of discussion with group members an eye-opener, via the different backgrounds and experiences represented. However, the sterling attraction of the project was the discussion leader, Rabbi Brian Field. Both deeply and broadly knowledgeable in the totality of Judaism, I found, in conversing with him, a veritably-super intellectual"across-the-net" player in religious discourse. That experience was a true highlight for me.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so fortunate to live in Denver Colorado with such an innovative Jewish Congregation to fill the needs of unaffiliated Jews in my city. I have tried to find a congregation in Denver, wandering from Reformed, Reconstructionist, and Conservative Synagogues with no personal connection to any of them. Rabbi Field and the Board have created a place that meets my needs on many spiritual levels. My relationship with Judaism Your Way has stimulated my interest in making a more profound and consistent spiritual connection to my Jewish roots and beliefs. In addition, Rabbi Field also was able to perform my Uncle's funeral service. My Uncle was unaffiliated with a Synagogue at the time of his death, and found his relationship to many of the Jewish Religious Institutions frustrating. He would have liked Rabbi Field, who stepped in and performed a wonderful and touching service for my mourning family. Friends of mine tease me about the name and question the simplicity of using a name that says it all. Judaism your way truly meets people where they are, wherever they are, on their spiritual path.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a family with one parent from a Reform background and one from a Conservative and Rabbi Field's services are the only ones that feel right to both of us. We have been attending stop-in-shabbat and high holiday services since we first moved to Denver a few years ago; not only is Rabbi Field sincere, kind, and knowledgeable, but he continues to evolve as a Rabbi, which is wonderful to see. Another thing we like: are a non-traditional family (two moms), and have always felt completely comfortable at JYW services- JYW is a proud and out loud supporter of the gay community (e.g. presence at Pride). JYW has an odd name, but it is a wonderful service and I'm grateful that it exists.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Judaism Your Way has really helped me understand and appreciate my Jewish heritage. I love the moving celebrations of Jewish holidays that this organization offers. Even more valuable to me have been the adult education classes that Rabbi Brian Field conducts. These classes resonate deeply with the values I absorbed growing up (in a secular household) and have helped me articulate what I always suspected--that those values derive directly from Jewish religious tradition.

2

Donor

Rating: 4

Fantastic welcoming feeling and warmth from the Rabbi and his staff at all the events I've been to. The first event I attended was a Shabbat Dinner at Red Rocks Park and I brought my daughters. While conversing with the Rabbi and participating in prayer, his wife played hide and seek with my girls on the surrounding trails and they had a blast. Israeli Dancing and picnicking in Wash Park on another Shabbat was also a great time. High Holiday services are outstanding for the last three years I have gone, especially for the clarity and thoughtfulness in putting together a mostly English service that is understandable, instead of the the rote recitation of ancient prayers in Hebrew which I do not fully understand.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I felt included when I began attending Judaism Your Way, previously I had never felt this way. My husband is not Jewish and I did not feel he was accepted at other Temples we attended. Being accepted is a huge factor for me. The services maintain tradition, while trying to explain the traditions many of us may not understand. The positive approach to explaining the scriptures is also soothing, rather than guilt ridden.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was raised with Orthodox Judaism. I attended a Yeshiva for many years and practiced what I was taught. After much soul searching I rejected the Jewish religion. When I served in the U.S. Air Force I was introduced to Reform Judaism. This I liked for many years. Again with soul searching I once again rejected the Jewish religion. After many years of disbelief I found Judaism Your Way, and this did it for me. All Jews are welcomed with their beliefs. I have found a home for me and my family at last.