Welcome to Kavana

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

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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

Great News!

We're beyond excited to announce that Kavana has hired our very first Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow: Rabbi Sydney Henning! 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. Click here to read the full press release and learn more about the entire cohort of dynamic Jewish Emergent Network Fellows. If you'd like to reach out to Rabbi Sydney with a personal note of welcome or a big mazel tov (on her new position in our community and/or on her upcoming wedding), feel free to email us and we'll pass it along.

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.