CONNECT, ENGAGE, AND ENRICH

Dearest JTown Friends,

It has been a difficult couple of years. The pandemic taking its toll on JTown, along with virtually every programatic-based organization. We have missed you all so much.

These past few months, the future of our beloved JTown community has been the sole focus of the work of our board and staff. We’ve had many thoughtful discussions, brainstorming sessions, and inspiring meetings. We are so happy to finally be able to share the culmination of this labor of love with you.

It is with pride and excitement that we announce that JTown is becoming part of the
Judaism Your Way family!

The mission of JTown has always been to create open, comfortable, welcoming opportunities for Jews to be together - regardless of how you affiliate, how you were raised, who you love, if you can read Hebrew, or if you know the service prayers. What’s important is creating community in a way that is unassuming, nonjudgmental, and makes Judaism feel purposeful and relevant in the world in which we live today.

Judaism Your Way's mission and philosophies beautifully align with those of JTown, and their arms and hearts are wide open.

Everyone’s Jewish journey is different, and we all want a safe space to explore what is meaningful and how we choose to weave Judaism into our lives. Each time we have met with their staff over the last several months, our confidence in the alignment of these beliefs grows, reassuring us more each time that this is the best direction for our extraordinary community.

JTown has been connected with and had great respect for Judaism Your Way for many years. We have supported each others’ programs, met with their staff, and referred many people to them for life cycle events.

The staff of Judaism Your Way want to create ways to make us feel welcome and connected. They are available to us for questions, support, and even a “meet & greet” if we’d like.  Please see the video message below!

Several of our current board members will join us in coordinating the transition and making sure we bring the JTown vibe and flavor to the Judaism Your Way community.

Although we will not be using the JTown name any longer as we begin this new journey, we will still have opportunities to gather together. For example, we will be picking a meeting point for High Holiday services and carpooling so we can sit together. We would also love to participate with you on their new programming committee. They really want JTowners involved with program ideas and planning.

They are so excited to get to know you all! We wish you could have witnessed the multiple moments of us all simultaneously just knowing this was meant to be.

We will be sharing contact info with JYW so they can reach out to you and add you to their mailing list. If you do not want your information to be shared, please let us know by August 15th by responding to this email.

We are looking forward to seeing you at High Holiday services!

With our deepest appreciation for the last five years of friendship, community and love,

Cindy & Amy