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A Fond and Fun Farewell Party at the J

For those who were unable to attend my retirement party on Wednesday afternoon, I want to share with you the gratitude I was able to express to the 164 people who so kindly came to celebrate with me. For those who came to the spectacular send-off, I hope you had as much fun as I did. And for those wonderful friends at the J who threw the party, I felt truly appreciated.

Kathryn at her favorite place — in front of the mic. Click on the photo to see whole album.

I have spent my professional life writing about the arts, teaching the arts, and – for the last 16 years at the J – presenting the arts.

When Linda Loewenstein called to invite me to lunch in the fall of 2003, I had no idea a new chapter of my life was about to begin. The J needed a part-time programmer and, as it so happened, Menorah: The Center for Adult Jewish Education in Boulder – which was founded in 1980 by Charlotte Michener – needed a new halftime director as well. It was “bashert” – a perfect match.

As I told the wonderful audience, I made friends and had fun, but what I cherish most is the eminently rewarding community building work we do together. For 16 years I have offered programs to the community that reflect my taste and match my interests. I presented programs that I wanted to attend. ACE has been an almost entirely self-serving proposition!

Because I am such a fan of the arts, it has been a privilege to showcase amazing talent, in the local community and beyond. Some of you have heard me joke that my real job title should be impresario. Here’s how it works.  I simply find people who are extraordinarily gifted, I offer them a venue to display their artistry or knowledge, Jodi does all the real work, and then I get the credit. It’s a good gig.

All the people that Kathryn called up on stage to thank, and prove that there is more to ACE than just Kathryn.

I will miss sharing my enthusiasms, my understandings of the world, and my jokes with you. I trust you have found ACE programming to be meaningful and relevant, provocative and enjoyable.

Kathryn passes the ACE baton to her successor, Joy Eisenhauer

I look forward to seeing the future unfold in my life and at the J, and I look forward to sharing my insights with you at the 8th annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival at the Dairy Arts Center in March.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your warmth, support, and friendship, and for being an intellectually curious and artistically adventurous audience. I am overwhelmingly grateful for this opportunity, and proud of what we’ve accomplished.

 

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." She was also Director of Menorah and ACE at the J from 2003 through August, 2019.

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