Bringing Reflections Home

Each year, Reflections brings the community together to celebrate honorees, schmooze, and unite under a collective goal: support the programs and scholarships that ignite our community. The 12th Annual Reflections came home for the first time ever and over 430 guests gathered in the community’s living room, the Boulder JCC.

Our community reflected on one of the great successes of the past year: completing the Cornerstone Capital Campaign. With that momentous accomplishment, a light was shined on the building.

The JCC was showcased, converting the library, Early Childhood Center, lobby, and Levin Hall into lounge and event spaces that facilitated guests to explore the building. A trio jazzed up the lobby, a pie wall (yes, a wall of pie for the taking) led guests towards the dancing, and a special performance lit up the stage (more on that later).

Reflections Honorees
Reflections Honorees Miche & Noah Bacher and Cathy Summer & Steve Ellis with Executive Director, Jonathan Lev (left) and Board President, Jason Zickerman (right)

Miche & Noah Bacher and Cathy Summer & Steve Ellis, pillars in the community, were honored in front of their friends and family, many of them from out of town. Jason Zickerman, Board President, and Jonathan Lev, Executive Director, led the program and helped everyone reflect on the past year.

Cathy Summer & Steve Ellis Honoree Video

Miche and Noah Bacher Honoree Video

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Nevei Kodesh, led guests in the Shehecheyanu blessing to mark the occasion and Jonathan Lev shared, “As the phrase is said “l’dor v’dor,” from generation to generation, we recognize how we got to this moment. We wouldn’t be here without those who came before us, and we can’t continue without those leading us forward.”

One of the staples of Reflections is the annual parody video inspiring the community to give. This year’s parody was based on Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest” and in a surprise twist, preschool alumni parent Dave Willner, dressed as Lumiere, sang live on stage. This created an electric energy that carried through the rest of the night.

Lumiere also assisted Susan Rona, Interim Senior Director of Programs, in leading the paddle raise. Each year, approximately 30% of families rely on scholarships to enable their children to attend preschool and camps. This year, the Boulder JCC is incredibly proud to share that over $140,000 was raised, more than ever before for scholarships.

The 12th Annual Reflections was a true celebration of all that has been built: a community, a building, a home. This year’s Reflections would not have been possible without event Co-Chairs, Mary and Mark Strynar, and the support of the JCC’s year round Strategic Partners and Funders as well as the event sponsors.

Save the date, the 13th Annual Reflections will take place on February 22, 2020.

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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