From its humble beginnings in 1922, with a small school and social activities for Denver's Jewish community, the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC) has grown to become a center for all community members of every age to gather together. The JCC provides recreational, cultural, educational, welfare and social programs to perpetuate, strengthen, and serve the Denver community through timeless Jewish goals and values. The JCC and its programs are open to everyone, regardless of religion, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or ability to pay. The JCC's campus extends over 10 acres and departments include: the Sports and Fitness Center; the Mizel Arts & Culture Center; Senior Services Department; the Early Childhood Center; Family Programs; Ranch Camp; and the Camps Department. People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds gather at the JCC for programs that contribute to the growth of the individual as well as the greater Denver community. JCC's robust program offerings serve over 80,000 people each year.
The Jewish Community Center of Denver opened in 1922 at the Louise Guldman Center, a modest building on Denver's west side, and moved to larger facilities at 16th and Irving Streets soon thereafter. The JCC outgrew this second home when it expanded its services to include day camps and programs for young adults and seniors. After years of renting facilities from other organizations, including the B'nai B'rith Lodge at East Colfax and Williams Street, the JCC opened on 10 acres of land at East Alameda and Dahlia Streets, its current site, in 1962. After extensive renovations, the JCC was dedicated as the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center in 1995, in honor of Mr. Loup's leadership and service. In June of 2017, the Center was renamed the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center to continue to honor Robert E. Loup for all that he did for the J, as well as to honor Michael Staenberg, who has become one of the J's greatest leaders and supporters, without whom the J would not thrive.
"I love the feeling of family here, and the diversity of ages. When you walk in the door, you feel like you're at your second home." - Kathy Neustadt, Board Member "Just because you're old doesn't mean you have to stop doing things. The writing class is my favorite." Leah, 68, Senior Services Let's Write Class Participant "Halei has been enjoying an exciting summer with Camp Shai's "On the Road" program. Her favorite activities of the summer through, have been hiking in the mountains and going to the water parks and amusement parks. She has a severe speech disability, but she's been coming home and putting sentences together." Margie Carrino, mother of 13-year old Halei, a child with disabilities.