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Jconnect Seattle

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Mission: Jconnect Seattle creates a meaningful Jewish life for 21-32 year olds through diverse communities and innovative experiences.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jconnect is a model to be emulated everywhere. I have never seen a more effective program for helping jewish life to flourish

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JConnect is a wonderful organization that provides opportunities for young Jews from across the denominational spectrum to find ways to make their Judaism relevant and meaningful--whether through learning, prayer, social justice, or the outdoors. I particularly love their community supported agriculture program, JHarvest, which teaches us about our Jewish obligation to eat local organic food.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an openly gay Jewish young adult, I tend to avoid your mainstream, traditional Jewish “young adult” groups. They all seem to have a secret agenda of matchmaking their participants and making more Jewish babies! I always felt out of place and unwelcome, but Jconnect was completely different right from the start. Their diverse events attracted a diverse audience and I was immediately received with love and acceptance. At every event I felt warmly embraced by the staff and participants. They seemed to understand that not every young adult event needed to include loud music and alcohol for it to be successful. These days I check the Jconnect calendar almost every day to see what kind of new and interesting events are coming up, and I'm never disappointed! This past year they offered incredible cooking classes and a chance to see live Jewish performances. I appreciate how accessible Jconnect is, hosting events all around the city, making them affordable to grad students and non-profit employees such as myself and having staff introduce new people. I also appreciate how they have reached out the LGBT population by having special events like Shabbat brunches, movie nights, Purim parties, and more! As a Jewish professional I have seen many non-profit organizations that serve the Jewish community but none like Jconnect. Their innovative programming, warm staff and creative programs have far surpassed my expectations. I only hope they continue to receive the funding they need to continue to serve the ENTIRE young adult Jewish population. Thank you Jconnect!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jconnect has enhanced my experience in Seattle as both a community member and graduate student. Through my affiliation with the Social Justice League, I have seen first hand the work that Jconnect does both within and outside of the Jewish community. During the Yom Kippur holidays, Jconnect organized a group of volunteers to assist at a food bank. Jconnect has also been active in food drives, as well as contributing their earnings from their events to local non-profits - such as Lifelong AIDS Alliance, among others.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JConnect is not only a very welcoming organization, but it is dedicated to its pluralistic agenda. It provides events for people who want to learn, party, eat or pray. Or all of those things at once :) Its members are as representative of the organization as the range of events and even a newcomer always manages to find a friendly face at their events.