Reflections is fast approaching and we are so excited to be celebrating the 11th anniversary of our annual gala fundraiser! There are still tickets available (purchase tickets here), so don’t miss out on the party of the year, and a great opportunity to give back to the Boulder JCC.
For Reflections 2018, we are thrilled to be honoring Alice Messinger.
Alice Messinger grew up in Westchester, New York. She spent three years at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and transferred to New York’s Parsons School of Design to complete her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and Art History. After several years in design and marketing consulting, she attended Bank Street College in New York and received a Masters in Education. To this day, Alice continues to practice both her teaching and artistic skills in different settings. She is a studio artist and a teacher.
The Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA) has provided Alice and her family a sense of community and belonging in the various cities in which they’ve lived: New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Boulder. At a very young age, Alice was introduced to the many facets of Jewish community centers. For as long as she can remember, her father, Martin, committed time, funding, expertise, and enthusiastic support of the JCCA and Jewish organizations. These values, demonstrated by both of her parents, have clearly rubbed off on Alice and her sisters, Daryl, Sarah, and Lisa.
Alice’s primary interests center around family, creative arts, community, and tzedakah. Throughout her life, JCC programs have offered many opportunities to address and satisfy these passions.
Growing up, Alice participated in various activities at the local JCC such as: holiday celebrations, athletics, art programs, and dance. As a mother, it was easy and comfortable for her to involve her own children, Sophie, Jesse, and William, in JCC programs. She began having them participate in Mommy and Me group activities, preschool, day camps, athletics, and after school programs. Clearly, the JCC became an important part of the life that Alice created for her children.
Alice and art have always been synonymous. She took her first art lessons at the JCC, so it is no surprise that her curatorial debut should also be at the JCC. The new gallery space at the Boulder JCC offers a perfect opportunity to further explore and share her passion for art with the community.
Tzedakah is a very important pillar in Alice’s world. For her first five years living in Boulder she was on the JCC board and made strides in creating a preschool parent committee. She has fundraised and sponsored events on behalf of the JCC in order to further its mission. Today, she continues to seek opportunity to inspire new membership and further the interest of existing members of the J. In addition to Alice’s involvement with the Boulder JCC, her conviction to community and tzedakah has led her to serve as a Board Member at Congregation Rodef Shalom and on the Education Committee of Blue Sky Bridge, where she also played a key role in refining their marketing materials. Alice is currently an active member of Congregation Har HaShem. Boulder-based Attention Homes also receives Alice’s enthusiastic support and she campaigns hard for the work they do.
Alice is humbled by the gesture of this honor and looks forward to many more years of supporting and engaging in programs at the JCC.