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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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Kavana provides a spiritual and supportive community environment adding important dimensions to our lives. Our grandchildren are becoming aware of their heritage by being part of the children's programs and our lives are enriched by the activities we can take part in.



Rating: 5

I have been impressed with the creativity, thoughtfulness and involvement of many people who had not found a "comfortable Jewish home" until Kavana was established. They have been an integral part of creating a meaningful Jewish experience for themselves--and their families.