Welcome to Kavana

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

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

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

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

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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.

Slingshot '14-'15

We have some exciting news to share with you, our partners, participants and supporters: Kavana has been named one of America's Top 50 Innovative Jewish Organizations by Slingshot! This is our sixth appearance in the Slingshot Guide -- which has become a go-to resource for anyone looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving -- and we couldn't be more proud. 

You can learn more about the Slingshot guide and read the full text of what they said about us here (Kavana is featured on page 60, and we also recommend looking through the rest of the guide to get a birds-eye view of the innovative work happening across the American Jewish community). If you're as excited as we are about this news and want to support Kavana as we continue to grow, please click here for more information about how to donate in order to help us build for the future!

 

Kavana's Evaluation Report

We are excited to share our Evaluation Report with the Kavana community and the broader Jewish world!  Click here for a digital copy and please contact us if you'd like us to mail you a hard copy of the report.