JEWISHcolorado

JEWISHcolorado envisions a thriving, diverse, and dependable Jewish community, one in which people feel connected to one another, to the people of Israel, and to Jews around the world.

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Early Childhood Education Scholarships

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

JEWISHcolorado provides $100,000 of Jewish Early Childhood Education scholarships to 12 Early Learning Centers throughout Denver/Boulder each school year. When choosing between Jewish and secular early learning, this program instills a connection to Jewish life at a critical moment in educational, social and emotional learning. Gifts to ECE Scholarships are eligible for the Colorado Child Care 5C Tax Credit

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Israel Emissaries

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Designed to promote a greater understanding of Israel and of Jewish heritage, the Shaliach and Shinshinim programs bring adult and teen emissaries for residencies in Colorado. Emissaries take part in cultural programs, community dialogues, and innovative partnerships to build face-to-face connections and living bridges with Israel and our Jewish heritage. Our 5 Emissaries plan events and build relationships with children, teens, and adults, while partnering with over 25 local community organizations.

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Jewish Explorers

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children (3 -12 years)
Parents

Description

Jewish Explorers provides fun, inclusive, and experiential educational programs for preschool and elementary school-age children and their families. The program is designed to empower Jewish and interfaith families to find meaningful and relevant ways to practice Judaism.

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"Thanks for continuing to offer Jewish Explorers virtually! It is so wonderful to have this constant in our lives. Our family looks forward each week to gathering with you and to the fun and creative ways we get to learn together. You're the best and we can't thank you enough for this amazing program and community!"- Jewish Explorer participating family

"Our family loved "traveling" to Israel today with Jewish Explorers! How fun to board an El Al airplane, experience the Kotel through the live Kotel webcam, place virtual notes in the Kotel, and learn about and float in the Dead Sea. Thanks for a really fun, creative and interactive virtual class! We're lucky to have you in our community! "- Jewish Explorer participating family

Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Rooted in shared Jewish values and an enduring commitment to Israel, the JCRC is the public policy arm of the Colorado Jewish community. The JCRC has 37 member agencies and 15 at-large members. It provides a voice for the Jewish community under the golden dome of the Colorado State Capitol and is a partner in building relationships with other stakeholder communities.

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Jewish Student Connection (JSC)

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Guided by Jewish educator-advisors and led by students, Jewish Student Connection clubs celebrate the intersection between Jewish and American culture, tradition, and values. Each week, at high schools across metro-Denver, hundreds of teens, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, meet to explore Jewish and Israeli culture and build Jewish friendships and social networks.

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"JSC is my favorite time of the week. It allows me to express myself and my culture and character in a safe and understanding environment. It's a place that brings me a lot of joy and helps me connect with my peers." - DSST Sophomore

"JSC has truly been my source of Jewish community for the past three years. I have met new Jewish friends from JSC and learned more about my heritage doing so. Going into Jewish Club always brightens my day and is something I look forward to every week. JSC is such a positive and welcoming group that is accepting of all. I would love to give back to JSC by having a leadership role." - Creek Senior

Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST)

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

For fifty years, the Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour combines extraordinary adventure, exceptional trip leaders, and a commitment to Jewish values as part of an unforgettable five-week trip to Poland and Israel. IST is the only remaining, continuously running, community-based program in the U.S., and it has a network of more than 3,000 alumni.

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"The world believes this country is infatuated with turmoil, but the only infatuation is kindness. You'll always find a friend in Tel Aviv waiting for you!" - Ari

"There is nothing like a tall rickety tower, a beautiful Negev sunset, and some great friends to celebrate Israel with. This beautiful country stuns me every morning; thank you IST 2021" - Aaron

"I love Israel. To know and learn about how thousands of years ago my ancestors were in this land has truly been special. Simultaneously, this trip has given me the opportunity to hear from multiple perspectives on modern day problems and form my own perception of Israel" - Manny

"When you go to Israel, it's not the diverse amazing culture that drags you deeper into the country but the sense of belonging and connectedness to your worlds roots" - Brayden

"I think we've all realized that this trip isn't an introduction to Israel, it's a welcome home celebration" - Mitch

One Happy Camper

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (3 -12 years)

Description

JEWISHcolorado, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, offers first-time incentive grants to eligible kids for attendance at a non-profit Jewish overnight summer camp. Awards range from $700-$1,000 per camper. Gifts to One Happy Camper are eligible for the Colorado Child Care 5C Tax Credit.

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PJ Library

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents

Description

PJ Library sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children from birth to 12 years old. Hosted storytimes and all kinds of family-friendly activities help families with young children explore Jewish life in Colorado. The program is conducted in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Regional Safety & Security Initiative

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Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Description

The Regional Safety & Security Initiative leverages our collective resources to ensure the safety and security of our Jewish community. Since its inception, over 1,000 professionals, volunteers and community members have received training from our regional security advisor, and we've helped dozens of agencies successfully apply for grants to enhance security at their facilities. The Initiative is made possible through a partnership with Rose Community Foundation and the Secure Community Network, with additional support from the Anti-Defamation League and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.

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Young Adult Division (YAD)

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

From programs for 21- to 45-year-olds to young family activities to volunteer opportunities, YAD facilitates leadership development through lasting connections, meaningful conversations, and genuine communal spirit to sustain and strengthen a strong Jewish future for the next generation.

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"JEWISHcolorado has impacted my life by giving me a sense of belonging when I was new to Denver, feeling lonely and lost, as well as affording me the opportunity to pay it forward, helping others in the community get involved and feel included through my work with the YAD ambassador program." - YAD Participant

"During the pandemic, YAD was a bright light for me and my family. We looked forward to virtual events and connecting with others in the community. The programming is always engaging, creative, and incorporates Jewish values. YAD was able to continue to keep the spark of community, engagement, and connection alive during an otherwise difficult time for many people." - YAD Participant

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