Boulder Recognizes First Responders at Grand Menorah Lighting

Governor Lights Menorah, Boulder Mayor, City Council Attend

Boulder’s Jewish community Joyously turned out in force Thursday night, December 2, 2021 to celebrate Chanukah in person for the first time since 2019. Hundreds enjoyed a balmy evening, Chanukah music and song from Steve Brodsky, hot latkes, hot chocolate, and a dramatic gelt drop courtesy of the Boulder Fire Department.

Josh and Bonni Raderman welcomed the audience to begin the program, and Brodsky sang a medley of his popular Chanukah songs. Jonathan Lev, Executive Director of the Boulder JCC spoke, and then Josh introduced host Rabbi Pesach Scheiner of the Boulder County Center for Judaism. Rabbi Scheiner gave a teaching emphasizing Judaism’s role as a light unto the nations, connecting that light to the lights of Chanukah that were to be lit.

Next, Governor Jared Polis addressed the crowd, and introduced Matt Benjamin, Nicole Speer, Mayor Aaron Brockett, Lauren Folkerts and Tara Winer of the Boulder City Council, who wished the crowd a happy Chanukah.

Governor Polis also introduced the four first responders honored at the event:

  • Chaplain Rosalie Osian
  • Fire Fighter Steve Zalk
  • Fire Fighter Ryan Balows
  • Nurse Lyndsay Lev

Then Governor Polis led attendees in the prayer for lighting the menorah, and ascending the ladder, did the lighting honors.

After a few more Chanukah songs from Brodsky, Boulder fire personnel ascended the ladder on their fire truck, and made it rain chocolate gelt onto the assembled children.

Chanukah 5782 will long be remembered in Boulder!

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About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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