The statistics surrounding September’s flood are staggering. Just as poignant, are the stories of our response and cross-community support. These stories are the focus of Remembering the Flood: A Celebration of Our Resilience on September 14, 2014. The event will be at Har HaShem’s north building, from 4:00 -6:00 pm. The community is invited to share and witness each other’s stories at a commemoration that honors both the tragedy and resilience of our remarkable community. Open to everyone in the community. Light food and beverage provided.
There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested so that we can be sure to have sufficient refreshments.
Individuals and families opening their homes to many of the over 5,000 people who were displaced. Jews, Christians and Muslims supporting one another to rebuild synagogues and community centers. Jewish institutions of all denominations calling each other as the flood was happening to open their buildings and offer help. A community-wide burial of damaged sacred texts. Two synagogues coming together for a Simchat Torah celebration simultaneously singing the same song. One of many coincidental, besheret moments that happened as a community strived to rebuild and reconnect. The name of that song, Esa Enai – I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. Members of the homeless community working side-by-side with Nechama, a Jewish international relief organization. These are just a few of the very human stories that arose out of over 17 inches of rain that befell our community over 8 days.
Join us on September 14, 2014, the one-year anniversary of the flood, for a celebration of our humanity. Rabbis and community leaders from around Boulder County will be will be creating an afternoon of stories, video, and interactive moments for both healing and celebrating.
Event highlights include:
- Special ceremony by Haver, Boulder’s Rabbinic Fellowship
- Story sharing circle led by Rabbi Marc Soloway
- Time to reflect through art, writing, and other hands-on sessions
- Opportunity to “Pay it Forward” to Jewish Family Service, JEWISHcolorado, and Nechama
This event is being put on by Jewish Together-Boulder, a collaboration between 30 Jewish organizations and synagogues, working together to strengthen relationships and provide connection for ALL Jews in Boulder County.