Celebrate Hanukkah with Ice Cream, Latkes, Jake Cohen and More Through the Staenberg-Loup JCC
Bob’s Babka Ice Cream photo credit: High Point Creamery

Celebrate Hanukkah with Ice Cream, Latkes, Jake Cohen and More Through the Staenberg-Loup JCC

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, November 28

DENVER, Colo.  – The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) will be hosting a variety of events and partnering with local companies to bring the best of Hanukkah to the community. The JCC Denver will be selling “Bob’s Babka” Hanukkah ice cream in conjunction with High Point Creamery; hosting “Latke-Palooza” on December 2 with cookbook author Jake Cohen for a latke competition between local restaurants Rosenberg’s, Safta, Latke Love and Rye Society; partnering with Olive & Finch on Hanukkah cookie decorating kits; and hosting a free Hanukkah concert with Klezmer trio, The Klez Dispensers, on December 3. Hanukkah begins at sundown on November 28 and runs for eight days through December 5.

The JCC Denver and High Point Creamery have teamed up for the third year in a row to sell the exclusive Hanukkah ice cream flavor called “Bob’s Babka” named after Robert “Bob” E. Loup. The ice cream is an olive oil ice cream base with homemade babka swirled in and was named to the Forbes Holiday Gift Guide as one of the best new ice cream flavors in 2019. Pints can be pre-ordered from November 8-21. Pick-up for pre-orders will happen from November 22 to December 5 at the JCC Denver. Guests can purchase ice cream in-person at the community center starting November 22. This is a special run of ice cream and product is available until supplies last. Each pint costs $10 and proceeds from each sale will go to support JCC Denver programs.

Jake Cohen photo credit: Michael Marquand

Through the Neustadt Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music Festival (JAAMM) at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center, Latke-Palooza will take place on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC Denver Phillips Social Hall. The event features celebrity chef, author, and YouTube sensation Jake Cohen – author of “Jew-ish: A Cookbook” – as he hosts the first-ever latke competition with latkes from four local restaurants: Rosenberg’s, Safta, Latke Love and Rye Society. Attendees will have the chance to taste each restaurant’s latkes and toppings and vote for their favorite. While awaiting the final tallies, Jake will speak about his book and the inspiration behind his new take on classic Jewish cuisine. The restaurants will compete for the Golden Latke, awarded by Jake for the best overall latke and toppings. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets and to learn more visit: https://jaamm.eventive.org/schedule/610d7b3bee7ed600830105b0

Hanukkah Cookie Kit photo credit: Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch is again selling Hanukkah Cookie Kits. Mention the JCC Denver when you purchase a Hanukkah Cookie Kit in-store or include “JCC Denver” in the notes section when you pre-order online and O&F will donate 10% back to the JCC Denver. Each cookie kit includes one dozen sugar cookies, five festive frostings, Hanukkah-themed cookie decorations, and a reusable O&F tote. Each kit costs $45. Cookie kits are available at both Olive & Finch locations in Cherry Creek and Uptown. 

The JCC Denver will also be hosting a Hanukkah concert on Friday, December 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. with the melodic sounds of traditional klezmer music from local trio, The Klez Dispensers. The concert will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A with the trio. While the event is free to attend, donations are greatly appreciated.  

For more information about these events and happenings, visit https://www.jccdenver.org/jewish-life/programs/.


The Staenberg – Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) serves the metro-Denver area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, sports, and other programs that are rooted in Jewish values. The JCC Denver’s mission is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place, guided by these timeless Jewish values. The JCC Denver’s four program areas focus on connection, community, and well-being and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis, and aquatic center; Early Childhood Engagement, including an Early Learning School and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music Festival (JAAMM Fest), Denver Jewish Film Festival, and ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; engagement programming for teens, young adults, seniors, and the LGBTQIA+ community. The JCC Denver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram @jccdenver, or call (303) 399-2660.

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