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Ignite Chanukah

Igniting the Cold

Ignite ChanukahYes, we got six inches of snow and it was literally below zero temperatures, but we still celebrated Chanukah in style! On December 4th, amidst brutal conditions, over 115 young Jewish adults came to Rembrandt Yard to participate in the 4th annual Ignite Chanukah.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ignite format, people prepare a five-minute talk illustrated with 20 powerpoint slides, which run on 15-second auto-advance, to give in front of their peers. It’s fun, fast-paced, thought-provoking, and a great way to celebrate Chanukah. This year the topics ranged from what dating is like in the Millennial generation,  to how baking has brought someone closer to Judaism, to how the golem is a mythical Jewish tale. In the midst of these talks, we also gave away some Thanksgivukkah t-shirts and a hipster Chanukah sweater!

On top of engaging talks, the food this year was fabulous, with five different types of latkes being offered:  Traditional, Vegan/Gluten-Free, Sweet Potato, Cheese, and Sweet Apple Cinnamon! There was also falafel, hummus, and plenty of sushi at the Hapa after-party!

A special thank you to all of our sponsors! Not only did their generosity help to make this event a reality, but  their 90-second mini-presentations were a huge hit! Thanks to:  Boulder Jewish News, Boulder Jewish Festival, Boulder JCC, Flatiron Tribe, JEWISHcolorado, YAD, Hazon, Keshet, Hapa, and Modern Tribe! Another thanks goes to all who spoke and those on the committee this year.

As for Flatiron Tribe, we will be having a bunch of upcoming events to get you through the holiday season and into the new year. On December 24th, we are sponsoring E-3’s Heebonism Event at The 1-Up Colfax in Denver. We’ll be having a movie and Chinese food day on Christmas day. And coming in January, we have our first ever book club meeting, and our 3rd annual “Come to Conor’s, Trees We’ll Honor” happy hour to celebrate Tu B’Shevat. If you have any questions, or want to get more involved, feel free to contact:  Michael@boulderjcc.org.

Here are pictures from Ignite:

About Michael Rosenzweig

Michael Rosenzweig is the Community Concierge at the Boulder JCC. He is the Flatiron Tribe program director, responsible for all young adult programming for Boulder Jews ages 21-45, in addition to outreach, social media, and welcoming new families to Boulder. If you have a question about Jewish Boulder, Michael is a great resource! You can contact Michael at: michael@boulderjcc.org

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