The Boulder Jewish Community turned out in force Thursday afternoon to finally and officially break ground on the long-awaited new Boulder Jewish Community Center building on Boulder Jewish Commons. Under the Big Tent of community, the rabbis of Haver joined together to lead those assembled in a heartfelt Shehechiyanu prayer, Butch Weaver ceremonially handed over the deed to the property, the architects, builders and financiers were thanked, and then the community streamed out of the tent to the actual building site on the Arapahoe Ave side of the lot.
On the count down from Executive Director Jonathan Lev, hundreds of shovels of all shapes and sizes, wielded by Jews of all ages, made the dirt fly in all directions as the community expressed their pent up excitement for the building project. Many three generation families were on hand for this once-in-a-lifetime event in the life of the Boulder Jewish Community.
For approximately the next year and a half, the community can watch as the new Boulder JCC rises out of the ground at the corner of Arapahoe and Cherryvale, and everyone is looking forward to the next milestone: the grand opening!
Here is a slide show of pictures from the event: