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Most of the speakers gathered at the end of the evening

Fifth Ignite Chanukah Educates, Stimulates, Celebrates

Most of the speakers gathered at the end of the evening
Most of the speakers gathered at the end of the evening

Twelve speakers riveted a crowd of mostly young adults Thursday, the third night of Chanukah 5775, at Flatirons Tribe’s Ignite Chanukah event. Each speaker got five minutes to talk about their passion while their 20 projected illustrations flashed up for exactly 15 seconds each.  The talks were on a wide range of subjects, including Happiness, Jewish sustainable farming, a rare two-speaker debate between Ms. Latke and the Hamantaschen Nazi to determine the most tasty Jewish holiday treat, the joys of modesty within Modern Orthodox practice, and the emotional rollercoaster of discovering that one is a crypto-Jew and embracing one’s Jewish identity.

Two of Boulder’s newest rabbis participated: Rabbi Ami Silver talked about what miracle(s) Chanukah is really about and Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny spoke about her newest passion: her new congregation, Nevei Kodesh.  In addition, there was a wonderful demonstration and explanation of Torah trope by Bonai Shalom’s rabbinic intern, Hannah Kapnik Ashar and the newcomer Gary Brandt talked about bowhunting and being a …redneck Jew?

Michael Rosenzweig and BJCC ED Jonathan Lev
Michael Rosenzweig and BJCC ED Jonathan Lev

Michael Rosenzweig of Flatiron Tribe and the Boulder JCC did an outstanding job organizing and orchestrating the evening with help from all the speaker/volunteers, as well as kicking off the formal program with his traditional Ignite-style singing introduction.  The food (several kinds of latkes, falafel, hummus and pita, veggies and cookies for dessert) and bar were great as always.

Butch Weaver, Becca Weaver and Rep. Jared Polis
Butch Weaver, Becca Weaver and Rep. Jared Polis

Congressman Jared Polis stopped by early in the evening with his son to say hello, and proud papa Butch Weaver watched as daughter Becca Weaver did her presentation on being a Jewish farmer.  Michael and company set a high bar for this fifth Ignite Chanukah, and we can’t wait to see what #6 brings…

Meanwhile, here are pictures from the event.  Videos of the sparks will be posted soon.

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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