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.