While Kavana is open to all, partners have made an intentional commitment to grow and build personalized Jewish meaning in a community context. Individually and together, partners fulfill the word “kavana”, meaning “intention”, and enjoy the privilege of actively shaping new, innovative approaches to Jewish life for themselves, for one another, and beyond.
Partnership provides opportunities to join in the Kavana community as we create multiple, joyful and meaningful expressions of Judaism. Partnership is the path within Kavana for individuals and families to participate actively, contribute to each other, and shape how Kavana grows and evolves.
As a cooperative, we hold dear the idea that the acts of participating and showing up fully are the essence of building community and creating personal meaning and growth. Our biblical ancestors, when called to a divine task, often responded with the Hebrew word Hineni – I am here, I am present. The partners of our Jewish Cooperative feel that same pull to respond with our full selves, to be fully present as an integral part of the community that we are continuously building together.
With these partnership privileges also come responsibilities. Being a partner at Kavana involves commitment in two general ways: engagement and finances. Kavana partners: 1) examine their own Jewish goals, show up regularly and are active in the cooperative, and 2) make a personally meaningful financial contribution.
The more deeply partners engage, the more deeply partners – and the community - benefit. We encourage all partners to commit to their own personal growth and learning, examining their Jewish goals annually and proactively creating a personally meaningful Jewish experience and positive Jewish identity.
We also ask that partners aspire to participate in some way with the Kavana community at least once a month. This commitment represents an average level of engagement; every individual’s contributions will wax and wane with other life commitments.
Similar to the star logo of Kavana, partners have many points of entry to engagement. As a cooperative, Kavana’s activities rest on the creativity, innovation and sweat-equity of its partners. Thus, possibilities are varied and ever-changing, and partners are invited to consider their personal growth, talents and interests as they consider the many ways to engage in Kavana.
▪ Service/Volunteering: Provide event support, help in the office, use your special talents (photography, carpentry, legal, IT, insurance, real estate, writing, etc.).
▪ Leadership: Organize an event, lead a portion of an activity, start a new affinity group
▪ Social Justice: Create, organize and/or attend social justice events such as delivering JFS food baskets, refugee events, park/forest clean-up, lobbying and marches.
▪ Learning and Education: Grow and learn by helping to organize and attend educational programs – youth programs, Living Room Learning, book club, seminars, meditation
▪ Religion and Spirituality: Attend services; provide music to or help lead services or life cycle event; sit Shiva
▪ Community Building: Serve as a parent connector for a youth program, participate in the caring committee, organize or attend a neighborhood picnic, host a Shabbat dinner or potluck
All people at Kavana can contribute in a way that best suits their special talents and desires at whatever moment and age they are in their lives.
Partner financial contributions are essential to overall day-to-day operations. The average real cost of operating Kavana is currently around $3,500/ household / year which does not include programming fees. As a cooperative, it is our hope that the financial contribution of each partner household is as close to the average operating cost as possible.
No person, however, will be turned away from Kavana, based on the amount of their financial contribution. We hope that everyone will make a meaningful stretch, but if the average cost is not feasible, we recommend an amount of 1 – 2% of your annual household income.
Of course, we hope those that can contribute a greater amount do so to help us maintain the necessary revenue for ongoing operations, continued growth and the innovative programming we all value.