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First Harvest: Boulder JCC Preschool Sukkot Dinner

JCC Families in the GardenMore than 130 people attended the Boulder JCC Preschool Sukkot dinner to celebrate a successful first harvest from the Community Garden and the holiday that inspired it all. The JCC playground and garden were lit with twinkle lights while the tables were beautifully decorated with vases of herbs, leaves, children’s drawings and glowing candles.As the newest programming space at the Boulder JCC Preschool, the garden provides incredible learning opportunities for the children and connecting children to their food sources. The Sukkot harvest was no exception.Throughout the October, teachers and children harvested the vegetables and herbs from the garden, which they planted last spring. The preschoolers cooked and baked this organic produce into different dishes that were shared at the dinner. There was home-made zucchini bread, butternut squash soup, pasta with pesto sauce, green tomato cake (that’s right, a cake made with green tomatoes!), and pasta primavera.

Pot-Luck DinnerThe event began in the garden with a shared blessing, led by a parent and a teacher, which honored Sukkot and gave families an opportunity to be thankful for the harvest and come together as Preschool community.

After the blessing, families enjoyed a beautiful pot-luck dinner, as well as the food that the children had prepared at school. Yum!

The Boulder JCC Community Garden was made possible by a grant and donations from 18 Pomegranates and Josh and Kate Dinar.

About Jonathan Lev

Jonathan Lev, MPA, joined the Boulder JCC as Executive Director in 2010. He is a passionate educator and entrepreneur who combines his experience at Jewish summer camp and involvement with the startup of Boulder based Renewable Choice Energy to influence his leadership as a nonprofit executive and Jewish professional. He was certified as high school teacher and Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder. For more than six years, Jonathan was a leader in the field of Jewish summer camp where he worked to enhance the level of supervision and mentorship for both campers and staff through innovative summer and year-round trainings. In 2007, Jonathan continued his studies and was selected as a Taub Fellow at New York University in the dual-master’s degree program for a Master in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Master in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Since starting his role in 2010 at the Boulder JCC, Jonathan has led the community's $30M capital campaign to build a new JCC campus, which opened in summer 2016. He speaks regularly about making philanthropy fun and the role that inter-generational giving has on creating a legacy. Outside of work, he and his wife, Lyndsay, and their daughters, Mira and Susanna, can be found hiking, skiing, practicing yoga, listening to music, and planning their next great adventure. Follow him @jonathanlev on twitter.

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