When Kavana was founded 16 years ago, we imagined a Jewish experience unlike any other. We dreamt of building a new kind of spiritual home in Seattle: one that could support each individual in forging their own meaningful connection with Judaism, one that valued both authenticity and the spirit of innovation. Our goal was to come together to create a pluralistic cooperative where everyone’s unique contributions would be valued. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, our community has maintained a strong sense of connection. Our vision of a spiritual home has materialized and continues to grow.

Kavana is now at a crucial junction in our history. As we move into our next stage, we plan to undertake several projects that will enable us to deepen relationships within our community and support our partners more fully than ever before.

To support this new endeavor, we are launching the What’s Your Why community campaign to raise vital funds for these initiatives. We are excited to have been chosen for a competitive matching grant opportunity designated for select Jewish organizations poised for growth. As a part of our campaign, every new and increased gift will be matched 1:2 up to $150,000 by Project Accelerate!


Donate Online

Contributions can also be mailed to Kavana at PO Box 19666, Seattle, WA 98109.

Kavana's Director of Operations, Liz Thompson, would be happy to assist you in making a gift of stock, arrange a corporate matching gift, etc., or to answer any questions you might have about this exciting community campaign.
Email Liz here.

Tell us... What's Your Why?
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Get Involved

From envisioning an event to cleaning up afterward, just about everything at Kavana is done by participants, both partners and non-­partners. And for most, being involved enriches the experience. Volunteering is also a great way to figure out whether you might want to join Kavana, as you would be pitching in regularly as a partner. Here are some ways you can volunteer: ● Set up or clear up after an event ● Pick up refreshments or supplies ● Read from the Torah or give a dvar Torah ● Help to plan a Kavana program or event ● Host a Kavana event in your home ● Provide pro bono professional services (accounting, legal, janitorial, writing/editing, handyman/woman, event/party planning etc.)

To learn more about how you can contribute time and energy, please contact us.

Become a Partner

Join Kavana and help us create a new model of Jewish expression. While Kavana is open to all, partners get to be on the ground floor of shaping a new and innovative approach to Jewish life. But while partnership has its privileges, it also has its responsibilities. Kavana partners help build our community by showing up regularly, taking on a specific volunteer role, and making an annual financial contribution. Interested? Come check us out: Attend a few events, talk to people and see what we're about. 

If you feel that Kavana is for you and want to become a partner, email us to get a copy of our partner intake form and schedule a meeting with Rabbi Rachel.