This year, the Boulder JCC honors visionaries in our community. At our 12th Annual Reflections, taking place at the Boulder JCC for the first time ever, Miche and Noah Bacher and Cathy Summer and Steve Ellis will be honored.
Miche and Noah Bacher met 30 years ago on a deep-water dive, and hopped, skipped, and jumped around the United States living in towns as diverse as the country itself, before fate landed them on dry land in Boulder. Like most people settling in a new place, untethered to family and past, Miche and Noah went looking for community and connection. They found both at the Boulder JCC.
For Miche and Noah, family has always been community and community has always been family, and education and philanthropy were central. Miche grew up at her JCC, synagogue, and Jewish community in a family that valued tzedakah and volunteerism, while Noah grew up embracing his heritage from the cultural side. After their boys, Jordan and Elijah, became B’nai Mitzvah, Noah thought he had fulfilled his Jewish obligations until Miche introduced him to the Boulder JCC, and he realized there was more to learn and experience. Both of them feel extremely fortunate to be strongly connected to the community, because it encourages each person and family to bring their own thread to weave into its quilt.
Miche and Noah have always had a connection to the land, Noah as a fisherman, farmer, and educator, and Miche as an acupuncturist/herbologist, chef, and founder of two different homeless garden projects. While living on the east end of Long Island, Miche and Noah became leaders of Slow Food East End making it part of the mission for each school in the area to have an active school garden or greenhouse. Noah was drawn to the uniqueness that is the Boulder JCC as the first JCC in the country with its own farm. The farm is an indication of the foresight of the founders of the J and a metaphor for their continued connection to our roots.
Miche is an active hand raiser and has rarely met a not for profit she does not think worthy, and both she and Noah agree that the Boulder JCC is special and nourishes them and their family in profound ways. She has sat on the board of two schools and currently serves on the board of the Boulder JCC as Executive Secretary.
The mission of the Boulder JCC is what grabs them – a place where everyone is welcome and can find or make a place for themselves. A place where community is enriched and where the walls themselves seem to stretch and grow to embrace all who want to participate, because at the J, there is always room for more. Add to that the unapologetically authentic atmosphere and the genuine warmth, with a dash of self-effacement and humility, and you have a place worthy of support.
Miche and Noah are truly humbled to be honored by the community that fills them with so much acceptance and hope to give back as much as they receive.
Stay tuned for an upcoming article on honorees Cathy Summer and Steve Ellis.
We can’t wait to celebrate these incredible community members at:
The Boulder JCC’s 12th Annual Reflections
February 23, 2019