From the Jews of Antartica to a plea for Millennials to be less flaky, Ignite Chanukah 6 was a sparkly celebration of being your truest self and sharing your passion with a group of strangers and friends. As the Ignite motto goes, “Enlighten us – but do it quickly” and the ten speakers did so with panache.
The event, organized by the Boulder JCC’s Flatiron Tribe for the 21-45 Young Adult segment, attracted a good sized crowd from both Boulder and Denver. It featured a pre-event schmooze at Rembrandt Yards, complete with a falafel and salad spread from Falafel King and gluten-free latkes from the kosher kitchen at Congregation Bonai Shalom and an open bar.
Two rounds of speakers, each speaking for five minutes, separated by an intermission and a raffle, included “sparks” about the above topics plus:
- What it’s like converting to Judaism – twice (luckily, only one circumcision);
- What it’s like to grow up Jewish, and then being asked to convert because your mom wasn’t actually Jewish;
- Tattoos and Jews — taboos?;
- A beatbox rap about adventure conservation and spreading the Jewish love to places it’s never been before;
- Relationships and education;
- Eight fashion tips for Boulder Jewish men; and
- dancing like it’s your bat mitzvah
At the end, the group moved on to the after party at Hapa Sushi. A very successful evening! Don’t miss next year’s Ignite Chanukah 7 — the Shmita Year. Please enjoy our BJN slide show of pictures: