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Causes: Judaism, Religion

Mission: Kavana is an independent Jewish community in Seattle. We strive to create a supportive communal environment in which individuals and families can use “kavana” - intention - to create a Jewish life that is spiritually fulfilling, intellectually satisfying, fun, and meaningful. Kavana has a unique approach to building Jewish community: Cooperative Model - As the first Jewish cooperative of its kind, partners share in the task of creating Jewish life for the group. Non-Denominational & Pluralistic - Kavana draws participants from highly diverse backgrounds and allows for multiple entry points to Jewish involvement. “Personalized Judaism in a Community Context” - Kavana acknowledges and embraces the dynamic tension between an individual’s interest and needs, versus the desire to create community. Local Pods - Kavana believes that Jewish communal life will best thrive in settings which are local, organic and intimate.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My children and grandchildren are part of Seattle Kavanah. When I visit Seattle, it is usually for a long weekend. I am always happy to share the Kavanah experience. Rabbi Rachel gives the group a warm and inclusive experience, welcoming all. Kavanah Seattle has allowed my family to have a positive Jewish experience. The warmth of family and sharing - holidays and camp - have added knowledge and enriched my grandchildren's (the future of Judaism) lives.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kavana is the perfect combination - innovative, thoughtful and welcoming. The programming is of superb quality, and caters to a really diverse range of interests. There are a lot of people who just don't fit into traditional synagogues, but they can make a place for themselves at Kavana (and they do!) I think that Kavana's entrepreneurial approach encourages folks to take responsibility for theit own Jewish lives, but gives them the resources and community in which to do it. This is the future!