Who We Are

Judaism Your Way is an independent, Colorado-based Jewish outreach organization creating innovative approaches to including Jews and loved ones in Jewish community. Our unique organizational model allows us to deliver meaningful and relevant Jewish experiences without a building, membership, or dues.

Our signature programs include: free High Holy Day services at the Denver Botanic Gardens; Open Tent B’nai Mitzvah ceremony preparation and officiation,  and our interfaith support including rabbinic officiation at weddings and a couples group.

Our local Jewish community is increasingly diverse, and Judaism Your Way models how expanding our reach and sharing the best of Jewish history, tradition, and culture strengthens the entire community. At Judaism Your Way, we believe that offering an enthusiastic and affirming entry point to partners and family members from other faith traditions will increase the likelihood that they feel comfortable participating in Jewish life with their Jewish beloveds.

History

Founded in 2003 by interfaith couple Don and Susan Sturm, Judaism Your Way works across the Jewish spectrum to provide Jewish programs to anyone seeking Jewish connection. In 2004, Rabbi Brian Field was hired to lead High Holy Day services, officiate life events, and warmly welcome unaffiliated and intermarried people into the Jewish community. Since then, Judaism Your Way has had over 20,000 touchpoints with community members.

For over a decade, JYW has reimagined a Judaism that is vital, robust, and responsive to who people are, wherever they are on their Jewish journeys. Our rabbis officiate life events  and offer spiritual counseling.  We provide cutting-edge Jewish educational opportunities and accessible Jewish holiday celebrations in inspiring settings. In 2011 and again in 2017, Judaism Your Way was recognized by Slingshot: A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, for our success in reaching Jewish populations previously disconnected from Jewish life.

Vision

Judaism Your Way envisions a Jewish community that is an open tent in which all are welcome to celebrate, connect, grow, and pursue a personalized Judaism on their own terms. We stand by our motto: Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, we’ll meet you there.

 

“Judaism Your Way has truly helped me connect to Judaism, making me feel that I have a place in Judaism and Judaism has a place in my heart.”

 

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Mission

Judaism Your Way’s mission is to offer innovative opportunities to connect Jewishly for all Jews and loved ones. We serve people seeking a more engaged Jewish life including:

  • Interfaith couples and families
  • LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families
  • People whose spirituality and identity includes Judaism and another tradition
  • Secular/cultural Jews
  • Individuals and families of all financial means.