Boulder Jewish Community Flood Update 9-18

bjn-logo8-200x200-blueUPDATED FROM EARLIER ROUND UPIt has now been a week since the start of weather that produced a 100-year flood up and down the Front Range of Colorado.  Boulder Jewish News recaps what we know about our Jewish community from the last several days.  If you know of updated information, please add to the comments below or email

Here is the update for Boulder Jewish organizations:

  • Congregation Har HaShem’s main building’s basement classrooms were flooded.  Volunteers have been cleaning up as of Wednesday.
  • Congregation Bonai Shalom’s basement social hall was flooded to the roof from the nearby creek.  Rabbi Soloway’s basement next door was flooded as well as the creek washed by his home.  A remediation team and volunteers are on site.  The office team is temporarily located at the Boulder JCC.
  • Kehilot Aish Kodesh’s building was flood damaged.  However, they are building a big community sukkah on their site.
  • Chabad of Boulder County sustained flood damage, but with the help of many neighbors and friends, has been restored to usability.
  • Chabad of CU’s new building sustained flood damage.
  • Chabad of Longmont’s building was flooded out.
  • Boulder JCC was closed for several days to ensure its safe condition, but re-opened on Tuesday, September 17.
  • Congregation Nevei Kodesh’s building sustained no damage.
  • Adventure Rabbi’s beloved outdoor open space areas are currently closed and being evaluated by Boulder City/County departments.  Their offices re-opened today. Their religious school will resume next week as scheduled.  Rabbi’s house had flooding as well.
  • Hillel at CU sustained no damage and their students are joining with Chabad of CU to volunteer in the community.
  • Boulder Jewish Family Service is operating normally at their office at the Boulder JCC.
  • Boulder Jewish Goat Coop’s goats are fine, although they don’t like the mud.
  • Community-wide Sukkot celebration — more info here.

Have we missed anyone?  Please let us know at

Check out Boulder Jewish News’ Flood information Page with helpful links, links to help, and an archive of flood stories.

Please remember that it is a mitzvah to not only give assistance, but to receive it, when needed. If you are in need of help, please don’t be shy about asking! Your community wants to support you!


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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