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New Menorah Scholarship Honors David Shneer

Professor David Shneer receives Menorah check from Program Director Kathryn Bernheimer.

When Menorah decided to honor Professor David Shneer at its bi-annual fundraiser, New York, New York, the reasons were obvious. David has been a great friend and partner for Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC.  We all just love the guy. He’s a first-rate scholar, a talented teacher, a creative thinker, a man who makes things happen, and a mensch.

But Menorah also wanted to acknowledge a specific accomplishment that is radically altering the landscape of Jewish Boulder. Under his direction, the Program in Jewish Studies has grown exponentially and stands poised to become a department. This is a game-changer for our community, and we wanted to tangibly demonstrate our appreciation for his contribution. The idea to create a scholarship in Menorah’s name was thus born.

Last week, Menorah presented a $1,000 check to the Program in Jewish Studies to fund a scholarship to a deserving student who has shown excellence in Jewish cultural arts. By becoming the first Boulder organization to create a scholarship, we hope we will encourage other institutions and individuals to financially support the Program in Jewish Studies. We don’t think of it as a gift. We think of it as an investment in the future.

We also thank everyone who supported Menorah and helped make New York, New York such a success. We trust you are pleased that we passed a portion of our proceeds on to honor David’s commitment to educating the next generation of Jews. We look forward to enhancing Jewish life in Boulder together.

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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