“The Kitchen is what happens when an organization successfully combines cool with meaningful Judaism.”
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A religious start-up and an innovation-driven community platform that helps people live Jewishly in order to change lives, make meaning, and invest in the world.
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In San Francisco, the data show that 72% of Jews under 40 have no connection with any Jewish institution, yet the staff at The Kitchen knows that these young people still search for community and belongingness. The Kitchen makes connections between Jewish experiences and content for people who search for meaning everywhere except within the Jewish community. Just like its name, The Kitchen is the place where everyone gathers during a party. Through its highly substantive but informal and easily accessible programs, The Kitchen transforms the landscape of the San Francisco Jewish community. Community Shabbat and holiday prayer and learning experiences happen at The Kitchen, and participants can participate in Jewish activities at home with The Kitchen’s “take out” initiatives. The organization offers a Shabbos Supper Club that serves food from the best restaurants in the city, experiential Shabbat learning opportunities for children at Freedom School, and a course in spiritual endurance. With 150 families paying dues (representing a 230% increase in two years) and over 1,000 unique visitors in 2013, The Kitchen clearly impacts San Francisco Jewish life. The organization plans to continue its quest to transform local Jewish community through a partnership with the innovation firm IDEO to design reimagined delivery systems for Jewish living and learning – a perfect next step for an organization with a start-up approach appropriate to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
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