Hundreds Help Break Ground for BJCC

l-r: Butch Weaver, Susan Rona, Scott Peppet, Matt Rich
l-r: Butch Weaver, Susan Rona, Scott Peppet, Matt Rich

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.

DSC_0161On 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:

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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  1. Wow, what a monumental celebration! We are so excited that it is FINALLY happening.
    Thank you to all the people who made it possible as well as the leaders who nursed this project through at all stages of the game! Much Hatzlocha!
    Special thanks to Butch Weaver and Francine Lavin and to Julie Schaffer and the MANY more throughout the journey. Jonathan, you are really special and Boulder is lucky to have you!

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