Photo courtesy of The Kavana Cooperative

In 2006, Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum co-founded The Kavana Cooperative, a new kind of nondenominational Jewish community for the twenty-first century, deeply committed to religious pluralism and strongly influenced by Seattle start-up culture. This week, eJewishPhilanthropy posted a story from Rachel which presents the fascinating results of a demographic study of Kavana members, or “partners,” that showcase what’s unique about Kavana’s institutional model, what’s working, and how it might be replicable elsewhere.  The study revealed the integral importance of the formation of informal social ties among Kavana’s partners, and has inspired Kavana’s leadership to place new focus on “social engineering” as a fundamental part of its mission.

To read the entire article via eJewishPhilanthropy, please click here.

Rachel Nussbaum is a Wexner Graduate Fellowship alumna and the Rabbi and Executive Director of the Kavana Cooperative in Seattle.  She can be reached at