Welcome to Kavana

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

Visit our Community Page!

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 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.

Jewish Emergent Network Announces New Rabbinic Fellowship

Applications now being accepted for staff and Rabbinic Fellowship positions at seven innovative Jewish communities across the country. Click here for the full press release.

The Jewish Emergent Network is comprised of the leaders of seven path‐breaking Jewish communities from across the United States that have come together in the spirit of collaboration. These include: 
IKAR in Los Angeles, 
Kavana in Seattle, 
The Kitchen in San Francisco, 
Mishkan in Chicago, 
Sixth & I in Washington, D.C., and 
Lab/Shul and Romemu in New York

 

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.