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.
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!
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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!
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!
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.
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 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!