Welcome to Kavana

Kavana programs for Shabbat and Jewish holidays offer many different ways to connect with Jewish ritual and tradition.

Learn more about our Shabbat & Holiday programs.

For open-minded dialogue and intellectual stimulation, come learn with Kavana.

Learn more about Adult Learning

Kavana's community gatherings offer opportunities to build understanding, lend support and have fun.

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Kavana offers an array of engaging programs for both children and families.

Learn more about our educational programming!
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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 provides 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 - Kavana believes that Jewish communal life will best thrive in settings which are local, organic and intimate.

Job Openings

Kavana seeks awesome teachers for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Click here to learn more!

High Holidays at Kavana

As in past years, Kavana will offer an array of services and programs to meet the needs of our diverse Jewish community.  You are invited to join us for the High Holidays -- whether that means for religious services, Rosh Hashanah dinner, the Yom Kippur break-the-fast, our family/kids' programs, our Jewish meditation sessions on Selichot and Yom Kippur, our Sukkot gleaning project... or perhaps ALL of these!  Click here to register.