The Boulder JCC's mission is to provide programs and services based in Jewish values and traditions in a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather to connect, exchange ideas, learn, and grow together.
The Boulder JCC received its official 501(c)3 status in 2005, although many of the programs and services offered began years earlier. In 1984, the Boulder JCC Preschool started as a satellite of the Robert E. Loup JCC in Denver. As demand for programming increased, the community recognized the need to find its own space. Through this effort, the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation (BJCF) was established to expand educational, cultural and artistic opportunities for the community. In 1999, the BJCF purchased the current property, rapidly developing the space with preschool classrooms, a library, offices, and space for community lectures, classes, and events. The Boulder JCC separated from the BJCF in 2005, enabling it to move forward with clarity of mission and expanded programming and services for all segments of the community. Annually, the Boulder JCC serves approximately 5,000 people in the following program areas:
ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the JCC: Reflecting the diverse interests of our community, day and evening programs are offered including the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, lectures, musical performances, lunch and learns, travel, and other arts related programs.
Art Exhibitions: We are highlighting Colorado artists in our lobby gallery with openings and rotating exhibits 3-4 times each year.
Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative (BJTI): BJTI offers a robust program that incorporates creative and meaningful opportunities for teens to discover and develop their Jewish expression in areas of philanthropy, community service, arts, culture, athletics, and leadership.
Day Camps: The Boulder JCC hosts Cherryvale Day Camp and a variety of specialty summer day camps for ages 3-12.
Farm and Sustainability: The Boulder JCC offers extensive programming for people of all ages at our two+ acre Milk and Honey Farm.
Flatiron Tribe: Flatiron Tribe's mission is to provide programming based in Jewish culture and
values for young adults and their friends, ages 21-45, in Boulder County.
The Jay & Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center - The mission of our Early Childhood Center is to deliver an excellent early childhood educational program that meets the needs of each child and promotes continuous growth in the social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and creative areas of development. As part of our school, we offer a Preschool Summer Camp that provides enriching and playful experiences. Our 2018-2019 school year has ~182 registered students. This includes an infant program to serve infants ages 6 weeks to 1 year-old (an area of significant need in Boulder County), two toddler classrooms to serve toddlers ages 1 to 2.5 years-old, and extended hours to accommodate working families. In addition to our preschool program, our Early Childhood Center offers programming for families with children ages 0-5 to connect to one another and to JCC programs, as well as free parenting programs for a number of different groups.
Library: The JCC houses a community library, teacher resource center, and gathering place to promote learning, identity, and cultural connections.
Welcoming Committee: The mission of the Welcoming Committee is to foster a feeling of community in Boulder by bringing together friends and family. As a general resource for Jewish life in Boulder, the Welcoming Committee welcomes new families and individuals to Boulder and connects those who want to become more involved in Jewish life here.
Women of the J (WOTJ): Added in 2014, WOTJ brings together women for both large and small intergenerational social events, social action, and other activities.
As a leader in Boulder's Jewish community, I am so excited by the unfolding reality of the new JCC, where the mission to bring together Jews of all denominations and none, of all ages and with so many different entry points, can really be lived to its fullest potential. The rabbis and leaders of our rich and diverse community are thrilled to be part of what is being built in Boulder, physically and figuratively, and the future is dynamic and bright!
--Rabbi Marc Soloway of Congregation Bonai Shalom
We moved to Boulder in 1997 when our first son was only two. We wanted a preschool program that was safe, loving and educational. After two different programs, we found the JCC and we fell in love at first sight.
Today, fourteen years later with five kids that all went to the JCC preschool, we feel that we made the right choice. Each and every one of the staff members is loving, talented, educated and has a pure interaction with our family.
The Boulder JCC is not just a preschool; it is a community and a family. Thank you Boulder JCC, we love you all!
--Iris & Ran Margalit
We continue to be impressed and excited with the cultural Jewish programming offered at the Boulder JCC. The width and breadth of the programming developed in the past 10 years have surpassed anything that we were exposed to in larger cities. We have learned so much about Jewish heritage through the wonderful lectures and movies.
We are so happy to support and be part of the Boulder JCC and the Menorah programs for what it offers the Jewish community here in Boulder.
--Sandy & Steve Friedman