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.
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.
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!
I work in the Denver Jewish community, and working with the Judaism Your Way "team" is always a highlight. They are collaborative and warm, conscientious and effective. We have cohosted Tu B'Shevat Seder twice, and found it to be a great partnership.
Judaism Your Way is filling a very important role in providing low-barrier access to Jewish programs and services for Jews and their loved ones who are not affiliated with mainstream Jewish organizations. Their commitment to inclusion and their welcoming of the non-Jewish partners of Jews is unique and reflects the best in our Jewish tradition.