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Community to Gather in Solidarity with Pittsburgh Sunday

As you may be aware, Saturday there was a tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. We are heartbroken as we mourn the victims of this hateful attack, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and greater community.
We understand incidents like this bring up a range of emotions, as well as questions about our community’s safety and security. While we have not received any indications of threats to additional Jewish institutions, we treat this as a time of “heightened awareness.” Thus, we want to take this opportunity to reiterate that safety and security will always be our number one priority and inform you of our protocols. As is our standard operating procedure, we are in communication with local law enforcement, continue to receive updates and information from national agencies, and convene our Safety and Security Team to review, implement, and/or modify safety and security measures.
One of the most important things we can do right now as a community is to is stand in solidarity with the Tree of Life Congregation and show the world we are stronger than hate. We invite you to join us as we gather today, Sunday October 28, 2018  at Congregation Har HaShem at 4:30 pm for a unified and healing response to the shooting. Special thanks to Congregation Har HaShem for providing the space for us to join together in community while we mourn the lives of those taken and wounded at the Tree of Life Congregation. For information and to RSVP, please visit the Facebook page.
Additionally, the Boulder District Attorney’s office is scheduled to hold an event, “The Community Response to Hate” on Monday, October 29 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the Boulder JCC. There will be two panel discussions: Fighting Bias in Our Community, and Hate Crimes, Bullying, and Social Media. In light of this recent tragedy, we encourage you to come and learn how we can all remain vigilant in these uncertain times. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the event page on our website.
Finally, please take care of yourselves and each other through this difficult time. If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Lev, Executive Director, at jonathan@boulderjcc.org or 303-998-1900 x1001.

About Jonathan Lev

Jonathan Lev, MPA, joined the Boulder JCC as Executive Director in 2010. He is a passionate educator and entrepreneur who combines his experience at Jewish summer camp and involvement with the startup of Boulder based Renewable Choice Energy to influence his leadership as a nonprofit executive and Jewish professional. He was certified as high school teacher and Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder. For more than six years, Jonathan was a leader in the field of Jewish summer camp where he worked to enhance the level of supervision and mentorship for both campers and staff through innovative summer and year-round trainings. In 2007, Jonathan continued his studies and was selected as a Taub Fellow at New York University in the dual-master’s degree program for a Master in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Master in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Since starting his role in 2010 at the Boulder JCC, Jonathan has led the community's $30M capital campaign to build a new JCC campus, which opened in summer 2016. He speaks regularly about making philanthropy fun and the role that inter-generational giving has on creating a legacy. Outside of work, he and his wife, Lyndsay, and their daughters, Mira and Susanna, can be found hiking, skiing, practicing yoga, listening to music, and planning their next great adventure. Follow him @jonathanlev on twitter.

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