Boulder JCC Announces 2020 Reflections Honorees

The Boulder JCC is thrilled to announce the 2020 Reflections Gala Honorees, Emily & Jonathan Cooper and Barb Steinmetz. Each year, the Boulder JCC selects honorees to be recognized at Reflections for their commitment to the values of the JCC and dedication to creating positive change at the JCC and throughout Boulder County. These three individuals have made a tremendous impact on the Boulder JCC and the Jewish community as a whole through their many hours of service and commitment to the community.

“We are thrilled to be honored by the JCC, a place that every member of our family cherishes.  The Boulder JCC has been the foundation of so many aspects of our life in Boulder, and we are so thankful for it!”

-Emily & Jonathan Cooper

“When my husband Howard and I moved to Boulder, about 12 years ago, it was the Boulder JCC which provided us with the social and intellectual programs that integrated us into the community. The JCC is the magnet which draws new residents to the community, welcomes and embraces them, while providing needed services and a trusted place for consultation. I am humbled and grateful to be one of the 2020 Reflections Honorees.”

Barb Steinmetz

Reflections is the Boulder JCC’s annual gala fundraiser to raise money to support the JCC’s programs and scholarship fund. Reflections 2020 is co-chaired by Mary & Mark Strynar and will be held on February 22, 2020.

Jonathan Lev shared, “We are so grateful to Barb, Emily, and Jonathan for the connections, commitment, and community they create around them. They embody the values of the JCC and have far-reaching connections to our work. Emily was in our first-ever preschool class in the 1980s and now her and Jonathan’s three children have attended the JCC preschool. Their roles on the Welcoming Committee and with Women of the J has brought their values full-circle. Barb’s volunteerism, especially with the Holocaust by Bullets Exhibit, and consistent attendance at ACE programs exemplifies what it means to give back, teach the next generation, and continue to learn.” 

Open to all, the Boulder Jewish Community Center (JCC) provides a meaningful gathering place and serves as the center for Jewish life in Boulder County. Founded in 1984, the Boulder JCC relocated in 2016 to a 10-acre campus with a working, educational farm and welcomes more than 20,000 community members annually. The Boulder JCC is a 501(c)3 organization, supported by donations from more than 850 individuals, families, and foundations. For more information, visit, or call 303-998-1900. Follow us on Facebook at or on Instagram at @BoulderJCC.

To become a Reflections 2020 sponsor, or for questions about the event, please contact Sara Skerpan at or 720-749-2547.

About Kai Murga Canales

Kai Murga-Canales is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Boulder JCC. Originally from Miami, Kai moved to Boulder from Atlanta, where he worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Limmud Atlanta + Southeast.

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