What People Say About Us
“JYW really embodies the values of our time. They are real leaders in spiritual development and in helping people figure out what works for them.”
“It really truly does what it says – meeting you where are on your spiritual journey.”
“I feel very blessed to have found Judaism Your Way. It doesn’t expect me to be Jewish in a certain way and allows me to develop my own Jewishness and gives me the tools.”
“JYW embodies the open tent principle in both actions and words. This a really great place to go to explore your questions.”
"Judaism Your Way has given an opportunity to so many who have felt disenfranchised in trying to be part of the Jewish community."
"This attitude of being so warm, welcoming, curious and open to questions of Jewish identity and Jewish development is what makes this organization unique and STELLAR!"
"As someone who has always been kind of marginal to Judaism, JYW hit all the right notes for me."
"Judaism Your Way provides a unique service and a powerful contribution to the Denver community."
"[JYW is] welcoming and creative in its event planning and services. They offer both traditional services and unique events that bring the community together."
"Questions are welcome, and each person's interpretation of what it is to be Jewish is met with interest, education, and an investment in that person's understanding of what makes life meaningful for her or him."
"...If only I had known about JYW sooner!"
"The 'Big Tent' of Judaism! Warmth and kindness combined with knowledge and experience."
"What JYW offers is something truly unique, not just in Colorado, but in the country. It's a different way of organizing community and reaching out to people (whether they are "affiliated" or not)."
"They are collaborative and warm, conscientious and effective."
For Families & Couples
"Judaism Your Way has met the need for us to find someplace comfortable that works for our whole family."
"As a single Jewish mother I didn’t fit the traditional model of the Jewish home. What drew me to JYW was the progressive way of approaching Judaism."
"With JYW I get to be who I am, alongside my husband, who is Jewish and our children who we are raising as Jews."
"I will be forever grateful for the education that Rabbi Field is giving my granddaughters and watching them on their journey."
"My children had their first experience with Judaism at the community dinner. It was so inclusive and welcoming."
"[JYW is able] to fill a deep spiritual need and to make my family and me feel welcome in ways that no other organization has been able to. It has been intellectually and spiritually and socially rewarding."
"At JYW my partner feels just as welcome as I do."
"[I appreciate] the openness and acceptance of same gender partners."
"JYW is a multi-generational learning and growth experience."
"Our baby naming was truly wonderful. It was so beautiful and inclusive. Everyone was a participant – no observers. A very spiritual experience for our family."
"The most memorable and special part of our wedding day was our ceremony... Our family and friends felt so welcomed and invited into our ceremony and loved all the jewish traditions [Rabbi Brian] shared. [His] warmth and welcoming energy really made our ceremony special."
High Holy Day Services
"I love High Holy Day services because I get to be included. The open appreciation of non-Jews is fantastic."
"It’s (High Holy Days) an experience where you can enjoy what they’re talking about; hear it on a different level."
"I felt relaxed and moved. I loved sharing it with family and a friend who had not attended before. I loved watching my son become engaged in the service and in the beautiful quotes in the prayer book."
"The High Holy Day services always make me cry. They are just incredibly moving. They do that by speaking directly to the biggest life issues."
"I connected spiritually for the first time in years and found the service to be relevant and meaningful."
"Service was great! Love Rabbi's warm welcome to non Jews, made family very welcome."
"Deeply moving we feel such gratitude to participate - you all do a wonderful job."
"Really enjoyed the family friendly environment and welcoming environment."
I really enjoy the events that JYW puts on. I also haven't been to a Yom Kippur service since I was a teenager. I want to continue the path of reconnecting to my Jewish roots and JYW has really helped me along my spiritual path."
"It was great to see young children having fun at the service."
"You allow me to pray openly with my children and their dad. Thank you for allowing me in."
"Beautiful setting, engaging & inspiring music & songs, poignant & personally meaningful liturgy, spot on service conducted by Rabbi Field. Felt part of a very personal dialogue on many levels that integrated my diverse internal concepts of spirituality, religion, Judaism. I LOVE the emphasis on inclusivity. Thank you very much."
"Always moved by Brian's services, sometimes to tears. I have never felt so connected to any synogogue or service as I am with JYW. It is truly a spiritual experience, thank you."
Open Tent B'nai Mitzvah
"The Bat Mitzvah experience with Rabbi Brian was awesome – beyond what we expected."
"I think JYW is really great because you can learn about Judaism your own way."
"I have been able to really embrace my Judaism at JYW."
"OTBM is truly a special place where you feel welcome."
On Rabbi Brian Field & Caryn Aviv
"Rabbi Field and Judaism Your Way provide inclusive, progressive, and essential services to an expanding constituency, and do so with care and compassion."
"Rabbi Field creates an atmosphere where Jews and non-Jews feel comfortable exploring the vast richness of the Jewish traditions, history, and beliefs."
"Rabbi Brian performed the naming ceremony for our girl-boy twins, creating a meaningful, interfaith way to honor the start of their earthly journeys while including our family and closest friends Jewish, Christian and Buddhist, in the ceremony."
"After contacting numerous rabbis in the area, and being told "no" repeatedly, we were so relieved to find Judaism Your Way. Rabbi Brian was very understanding, gracious and willing to do our ceremony. He met with me and my Christian family to ensure that our values, culture, and family history were an integral part of the ceremony. All of our wedding guests commented on the beautiful and meaningful service."
"Rabbi Brian helped us plan a wedding that fulfilled both of our spiritual needs, and helped both our families feel included in the ceremony. We were so happy with his message, that we had him also do a welcoming ceremony for our children. At Judaism Your Way, my non-jewish spouse doesn't just feel tolerated, but completely accepted as part of the community."
"I am very appreciative of Caryn and Judaism Your Way's work. My son and his fiance have been very enthusiastic about working with Caryn and, as we all are, excited about the wedding. You provide a very valuable and important service. Making all feel welcomed is no easy task."
"Caryn is a dream to work with. We cant say enough nice things about her. We are truly honored to have her as our officiant."
"I keep coming back to JYW programs because they never fail to interest and stimulate me."
"I like JYW's approach & keen awareness of marginalized, non-dominant groups since that's such a deep aspect of Jewish experience & we have so much to offer the world as a result."
"Well thought out and nicely done seder; enjoyed by my non Jewish guests"
"This is a culturally rich, rich experience that resonates hugely in this part of the world. Thank you!"
Evening of Love
"The presenters were amazing!"
"Everything was divine and a blessing."
"Sacred dance was fabulous."
"It addresses something critically important to me."
"Music! Food! Dreidels! Stars!"
"Unique venue. Our kids love space and to get a chance to see Jupiter was cool. We really liked the way that Rabbi Brian drew a connection between the stars, universe and Hanukkah."
"wonderfully creative, excellent combination of traditions, music & spirituality, and new experiences."
"loved the combination of music, food, story, & telescope observation."
"I love the experiences I've had at High Holy Days w/ JYW & love celebrating Shabbat in a way that resonates w/ me, but haven't found a community or organization that celebrates Shabbat in a way that feels meaningful to me. I came hoping to find what was here."
"I feel open and calm, together and completely relaxed."
"We love Rabbi Field, love Caryn Aviv, love Yaniv and Katie's playing."
"We love this community."
"Moved by Rabbi Brian's sharing & words - music was wonderful. Reflected on a personal experience of today that needed more healing and what I will do to make that happen."