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Boulder JCC

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.

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Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative (BJTI)

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities

Description

BJTI is both a network and a program provider for the entire Boulder Jewish community. It supports and participates in all Jewish organizations teen offerings and creates it's own unique activities. It is an opportunity for teens to connect with their peers as well as lay leaders, professionals, and mentors in the community. BJTI offers dynamic activities that have diversity and flexibility to fit a teen's busy schedule. You can choose to show up as a participant or take a leadership role on the youth advisory council. It is a place for teens to explore and take ownership of their Jewish experiences.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Arts, Culture, and Education (ACE)

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
General Public/Unspecified

Description

ACE is a separate 501c3 whose mission is to provide enlightening and entertaining arts, cultural and educational programs for the Jewish community and the community at large. ACE's arts, culture and educational programs attract all segments of the population, create a gathering place for the full spectrum of the community, and serve as a gateway to the Jewish community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Attendance at the Boulder Jewish Film Festival has steadily increased over the past four years. Between 2015 and 2018 attendance increased by more than 66%.

Early Childhood Center & Parenting Programs

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Single Parents
Families
Parents

Description

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 2017-2018 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.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our parenting programs have continued to see significant growth and engagement since their founding in 2014. They provide parents with specific tools and emotional support. Currently, we have groups for single moms, new moms, mom's of toddlers, families with special needs children, and families with adopted children. Due to the high number of twins in our preschool program, we are in the process of adding a twins parenting group. In 2018, we served over 300 families through our parenting series and parenting groups.

Farm & Sustainability

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Animals

Description

The Boulder JCC's Farm and Sustainability Program aims to infuse sustainability, food, and environmental education into every department at the JCC.

Milk and Honey Farm at the J is a 2+ acre educational sustainable farm that brings the greater community together via experiential programs and activities designed to ignite wonder and discovery, grounded in vast Jewish heritage, tradition, and values. It provides a place for individuals to connect on the simplest level with soil, plants, animals, and people, for the health and well-being of themselves and the larger community. Milk and Honey Farm is located adjacent to the new Boulder JCC building on Boulder Jewish Commons.



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Evidence of Program's Success

The quarter-acre Tzedakah garden is growing produce for donation. The amount of of produce (in pounds) donated is tracked and information from farm camps/programs is collected.

Flatiron Tribe

Class

Recreation & Sports 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public
Outdoor Recreationists
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Flatiron Tribe provides programming based in Jewish culture and values for Jews and their friends ages 21-45. Programs include educational events, social events, and recreational events. Its premier event, Ignite Chanukah, serves 140 people annually.

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Evidence of Program's Success

After initiating more than 100 conversations with young professionals, the depth and breadth of attendees has increased. These conversations have also helped us identify new leaders to help chair events.

Library (HaSifria)

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

HaSifria at the Boulder JCC is an 8,000-book community library, teacher resource center, and gathering place that provides programs and materials that promote Jewish learning, identity, and cultural connection for families, educators, students, clergy, community members, and organizations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During the school year, there are approximately 100 book check outs per month.

Welcoming Committee

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Families

Description

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.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Welcoming Committee tracks attendance at gatherings. Shalom Boulder happy hours have brought 100 - 150 people to the Boulder JCC this year at each event.

Women of the J

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Female Adults

Description

Women of the J brings together women for both large and
small intergenerational social events, social action, and other activities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have seen that engagement in WOTJ has led to increased support of the JCC. More women have signed up to be a part of the WOTJ and attend events.

Youth & Camps

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Gays/Lesbians
General Public
Families

Description

The Boulder JCC hosts Cherryvale Day Camp and a variety of specialty summer
day camps for ages 3-12.

Cherryvale Day Camp is the Boulder JCC's classic summer day camp. We create a vibrant, enriching, and fun summer camp experience for children ages 5-12, that is rooted in Jewish values and welcomes children of all backgrounds, races, and religions. We aim to inspire campers to learn, grow, and explore their interests in a safe environment, while creating lasting memories and friendships.

Camp Inc. is a program of the Boulder JCC that offers youth and teen after-school programs, winter break camps, and summer day camps focused around business and technology. Current 4th through 12th graders can learn to launch their own startup companies, write their own software programs in Python, learn graphic design and marketing skills, or tinker with 3D printers, sewing machines, tools and more in the Camp Inc. maker space.

The JCC also offers after school programs in dance, theater, farm and gardening clubs, and sports.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since the founding of our day camps program in summer 2011, we have continued to see significant growth each summer. In the summer of 2015, we served 360 campers. In 2016, we added our new Cherryvale Day Camp and served over 700 campers in 2017. In 2018 we increased this number and served 767 campers.

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