Recreation & Sports
Young Adults (20-25 years)
The JCC's Sports and Fitness Center is a comprehensive athletic facility that includes: an indoor and outdoor pool; indoor tennis courts; pilates, spinning and yoga studios; weight room; cardiovascular area; full-court gymnasium; and locker room amenities. Programs include childcare services, senior fit classes, youth fitness certification, physical therapy, personal training, sports leagues, and group workout classes per week.
Recent growth in the membership base and increase in program participation demonstrates the success of the Sports and Fitness Center's vision to serve the community through unique programming.
Children birth to age 3
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Since 1935, the JCC Early Childhood Center has provided a nurturing, stimulating and enriching environment for children to grow and learn. Jewish values are central to our mission and are infused into all aspects of our curriculum, philosophy and goals for families and children. We believe that children are competent, curious, capable and deserving of individualized attention. Our curriculum is play-based, child-directed and emerges through the interests of each child. The JCC Early Childhood Center is a 3 Star Qualistar rated school. The JCC Early Childhood Center offers the highest quality of care for children 12 weeks to 5 years. We are open from 7am to 6pm and offer flexible schedules for both working and non-working parents. All children enjoy weekly gym and music classes and children ages three and older receive swim lessons once a week. We host bi-weekly concerts on Friday mornings and a weekly all-school Shabbat celebration. We also have a strong and inclusive special needs program. Our program is designed to help develop the whole child: socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically. We encourage the development of children's inner resources: curiosity, creativity, imagination, independence, a love of learning and self-esteem. Learning to play cooperatively and building positive relationships with friends are fundamental components of our program. Every day experiences are infused by Jewish tradition. We encourage an exploration of the cultural, spiritual and ethical aspects of Judaism through holiday celebrations, teaching and performing Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and demonstrating respect for the world around us. Through an understanding of child development, we provide a learning experience that recognizes and appreciates each child's place in the developmental continuum. Teachers receive ongoing training in the field of early childhood education and support one another in applying best practices in the field.
The JCC Early Childhood Center is a 3 Star Qualistar rated school. It is the only Jewish early childhood center in the Denver Boulder community to have received an all-school rating. Developed by 150 early childhood experts, the Qualistar Rating measures quality in licensed early learning programs, both home and center based that serve children birth to kindergarten. This four star rating system (with four being the highest) outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the program and provides a detailed plan for continuous quality improvement. Trained observers, who spend several hours in each classroom, collect information on five different quality components. All of the points that programs earn in each of these quality components are added together to arrive at a Qualistar Rating. The areas of rating include: Learning Environment, Family Partnership, Training and Education, Adult to Child Ratios and Accreditation.
Children ages 5 to 21
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Physically Disabled nec
Camp Shai is the JCC day camp for both youth and teens. These popular programs are held in two-week sessions over 10 weeks throughout the summer, targeting kindergarten through 12th grade. Throughout the summer, more than 500 children participate in day camp. Camp Shai provides an exciting and innovative, values-based summer day camping experience. Camp Shai encourages the personal growth of each of their campers through a variety of fun and engaging learning opportunities, guided by a highly-trained and caring staff. Campers acquire new skills, develop a sense of self and independence while also discovering what it means to belong to a safe, supportive and enriching community. Inclusivity is an essential component of the Camp Shai experience. Campers, staff and parents of all faiths and backgrounds feel a part of the Camp Shai community through the daily practice of universal values rooted in Jewish traditions. Some of the camps most popular electives include Yoga, Glee, Photography, Song-writing, Ultimate Frisbee, cooking, and engineering. There are four values at the center of the Camp Shai community: Kindness, Respect, Responsibility and Cooperation. These values are the basis for everything Camp Shai does, and are woven into every aspect of camp. Every day at the Camp Shai morning circle, campers and staff are recognized for being exemplars of Camp Shai values. Camp Shai's goal is for all members of the camp community to feel valued for who they are and what they bring to one another. All Camp Shai staff participate in a week long professional development training that covers many topics, including: policies and procedures, positive behavior support, program planning, CPR/First Aid, and Universal Precautions.
The JCC surveyed 150 parents of Camp Shai participants and found that: - 85% responded that the counselors are of high quality, - 83% responded that they were impressed with the quality of programming at Camp Shai, - 89% responded that they would recommend Camp Shai to a friend.
Children ages 5 to 21
Since 1953, the JCC Ranch Camp has been creating Jewish memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Located in Colorado's magnificent Black Forest, the Ranch Camp provides children entering grades 2-11 with a truly western Jewish experience. Over the course of our almost 60 years of operation, JCC Ranch Camp has a established a strong tradition of community that is built around and devoted to our campers. It is a place where life-long friendships are born, Jewish identities are discovered and nourished, and children are challenged to grow in mind, body and spirit. The mission of the JCC Ranch Camp is to provide a resident camping experience that enables children to strengthen their Jewish identity, become more caring members of society, and connect with the natural world through challenging, fun, growth-oriented activities. In fulfilling its mission, the JCC Ranch Camp provides: - Innovative learning opportunities for children in a Judaic environment with a western flair that challenges children to grow in mind, body, and spirit - An emphasis on learning about nature, conservation, ecology and environmental sustainability - A safe place for children to be cared for by qualified professionals, with a commitment to safety and supervision - Opportunities for children to experience a nurturing community based on fun and challenges The JCC Ranch Camp is located 400 acres of ranchland in Elbert, Colorado within a beautiful area known as the Black Forest. The camp, which is owned and operated by the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver, is open to children entering grades 2-11 with programs designed specifically for each age. Campers reside in log cabins in groups of up to 12-14 campers with 3-4 staff members. All camp buildings are located within a central area and are surrounded by a sprawling acreage of pine forests, which provide spots for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, and exploring. The facility includes a corral that houses over 40 horses during the summer, providing for one of the best equestrian programs to be found in a Jewish camp setting nationwide. JCC Ranch Camp also offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, a technical rock climbing wall, a low-elements ropes course, a high-elements challenge course and zip line, a sports field and basketball court, nature and crafts center, and miles and miles of beautiful trails on our 400-acre ranch.
Evaluation data from the 10,750 campers revealed a high degree of satisfaction with the quality of camp, including its facilities and programs. The survey results showed that 85% of participants are likely to recommend Ranch Camp to others; 91% felt that the overall value of the camp was excellent; and 82% thought that leadership and staff run an excellent camp.
Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
The JCC Maccabi Teen Network is a programming resource for Denver teens offered through the JCC. The network utilizes the wide array of JCC resources to provide new and engaging programs geared specifically to teens. A 2007 study conducted by the Rose Foundation states that the rate of teens involved has decreased within this current generation and estimates 10,000 Jewish teens and tweens in greater Denver are under-engaged. The JCC Maccabi Teen Network hopes to reach out to this underserved teen population by engaging them through niche programming specific to their interests.
Forty-nine athletes and six volunteer coaches traveled to the Maccabi Games in 2017 in Birmingham, AL. The team won over 45 medals. Our athletes made new friends within our delegation and with kids from all over the country. Below is a story written by Adam Slosky, a U16 tennis player, and a link to a video that shows what Maccabi is all about. "When the U16 Boys Basketball Team took on Las Vegas, Team Denver was leading by 12 points in the 4th quarter. What followed was amazing. Las Vegas subbed in Gabriel Hafter, a young athlete who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome which causes him to have a soft bone structure so he is unable to play sports. Gabriel didn't have a Vegas jersey to wear, so Denver's Ben Rover took off his jersey and gave it him. Gabriel dribbled up, guarded by Denver's Adam Merenstein, and pulled up for a three. He drained it. The entire gym, his team, Denver's team, both benches, the Coaches, the referees and everyone else watching - erupted in applause and cheering. Gabriel now has Ben's jersey as well as contact information of each person on the team and myself, and he has since become friends with many of the athletes on Denver's team. Compassion, kindness, and inclusivity are all core at the Maccabi Games and this had all three happen at once."
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
The Family Engagement Department, now a part of the Early Childhood Engagement Department, serves Jewish families by guiding them through the continuum of JCC classes, as well as life in our Jewish community. Classes are offered for from pre-natal to age six. Through holiday celebrations, Jewish parenting education and family activities, the program enables members of our community to create vibrant Jewish homes.
Success is measured by: increasing enrollment in programs; positive feedback from program participants; growth in departmental offerings; families' enrollment in other JCC programs; and families becoming involved in other Jewish insitutions outside of the JCC.
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Children ages 5 to 21
Young Adults (20-25 years)
The MACC illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual and literary arts for the Jewish community and the community at large. We strive to produce, present, exhibit, preserve and advance the arts, serving as a performance and exhibition venue, as well as an educational resource for people at every stage of life. As one of the Rocky Mountain region's premier arts organizations, the Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) is the only performing and visual arts center serving east central Denver. The MACC facility includes the to-be-renovated 440-seat Elaine Wolf Theatre (formerly the Shwayder Theatre), the smaller 100-seat Pluss Theatre, a rehearsal studio, the Singer Art Gallery, clay and art studios, and space for receptions and lecture programs. Major MACC programs include: *JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts Authors Movies and Music Festival): The annual JAAMM Festival celebrates its tenth year in 2017. This music and literary festival grew out of our 47-year old Leah Cohen Festival of Jewish Books and Authors. JAAMM festival includes a book sale, lectures by nationally known authors, concerts ranging from jazz/blues to pop to classical, a theatrical production, educational activities and contemporary films on a variety of topics. Some of our featured music performers are from Israel, providing local patrons with the unique opportunity for cultural exchange. (4776 served in 2013) *Denver Jewish Film Festival: The Denver Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its nineteenth year in February 2015. This program presents approximately 22 films with Jewish themes and filmmakers. The goal of the festival is to present quality Jewish cinema stimulating cultural dialogue and education while developing and expanding our audience base. Feature films and documentaries from around the world are enhanced by personal appearances from directors, actors, and critics. This year over 7,000 filmgoers attended the festival. *Denver Children's Theatre: The Denver Children's Theatre (DCT) is a company of adult professional actors performing works for school groups and families (8853 served in 2013). A proud recipient of a special Henry Award (Colorado's Tony Award) for "Outstanding Children's Theatre", DCT is distinguished from other companies by committing to the highest caliber plays, hands-on educational experiences, employment of some of the finest theatre artists available and interactive after-show experiences that enable expanded learning opportunities. *Wolf Theatre Academy and Art Academy: At the year-round Art Academy and the Wolf Theatre Academy, artists flourish under the supervision of professional theatrical and visual artists, who also are experienced educators. This program has grown to become one of the largest and most respected in the region. Approximately 4200 people attended student productions with over 2500 student participants in art and theatre classes and productions.
2013 JAAMM Fest: 100% of those surveyed would recommend the festival to a friend. Patron Comments on written surveys: "Idan Raichel again & again. Would enjoy seeing Idan in an interview and demonstration of his extraordinary music." "Very much enjoyed Soul to Soul program 10.19.13" "Bring Duo Amal back next year - they were great and represent peace beautifully." "Fine presentations, good variety. Wolf Theatre is an excellent venue." "The selections of authors gets better every year - keep it up!" "Was very interested in music & book events but didn't realize scope of JAAMM until I had physical brochure in hand." "All presentations have been especially inspirational and exciting." "It was a 'happening' & I feel so lucky to have experienced so much of it." 2013 Denver Jewish Film Festival: Out of those surveyed over the span of the 2013 Denver Jewish Film Festival, 94% felt that the films that were good to excellent; 96% said that customer service was good to excellent (4% no opinion - 0% fair or poor customer service ratings). When asked what patrons most appreciated about the film festival, the number one and two selected answers were "It's Entertaining" and "Shows a diverse point of view". Art & Theatre Academies: Parents whose children were enrolled in art or theatre classes during the summer session gave an average rating of 4.77 (1=worst and 5=best) to the overall quality of the class; they also gave classes a rating of 4.86 when asked if their child had a positive learning experience. Selected Narrative Survey Responses from the Academy class survey: "Claire had an amazing week at her theatre camp. We were very impressed with the quality of the production. Kelly seemed to have a very good style with the kids." "Really impressive what you can accomplish in one week." "The faculty team was amazing! Each day my daughter came home so joyful and impressed." "Eddy really enjoyed his experience and is excited to continue to work in ceramics. Vicky was helpful and encouraging. We wish there were more ongoing opportunities for Eddy to continue to develop as an artist." "This is so great. I've seen Lucy's self-confidence blossom since last summer. She loves the theatre programs here."