The Boulder JCC delivered an exciting year of programs for the whole community in 2020. New opportunities and programs developed over the last nine months attested to the power of the virtual stage. There is a lot to look forward to in the coming months but here is a small sample of what we are the most excited about. The best way to stay informed about what we have planned is to join our mailing list to receive a weekly email.
Jewish Holiday Celebrations
We are excited to offer a number of programs for adults and families to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, Purim, and Passover. The community Tu B’Shevat Seder will focus on reforestation. Our virtual cooking and baking classes have been a big hit and the holidays are a great time to take on a new baking challenge. Speaking of challenges, this year we will host a Hamentashen Bake Off. The winners will be announced live over Zoom as part of our Purimpalooza program. Stay tuned for additional Purim and Passover programs.
We have had the opportunity to partner with JCCs across the country. LitFest, in partnership with the Atlanta JCC, brought over 30 amazing authors to your living room. That partnership will continue into the spring and we are excited that Bill Gates will be talking about his new book on Climate Change. We also partner with the Marin JCC to bring a virtual travel experience to you. James Sokol connects with local tour guides to bring you the sites, sounds, and tastes of exciting spots around the world–no passport required.
Programs for Kids and Teens
Our Monday Funday program for kids ages 5-10 has been a big success. Registration is open now through April. This month, we are opening registration for Cherryvale Day Camp. We are excited to welcome kids back for traditional day camp as well as farm and musical specialty camps. We will be hosting monthly information sessions about camp on the first Thursday of each month so you can learn more and ask questions. Our teen spring session programs are also open now for registration. Our 8th-grade program, NaviG8, meets on Tuesdays and our Jewish Culture Club for high school students meets on Thursdays.
The Boulder Jewish Film Festival will be back, all virtual, March 10-21. Stay tuned for the full schedule in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available starting February 1. On January 30, we will screen and talk about many of the short films that were selected for the 2020 Boulder Jewish Film Festival. We will be screening Children of the Inquisition and hosting a talkback with the documentary’s director Joseph Lovett in conversation with author Mary Morris on Sunday, February 28. Tickets for all our film programs include a link to the film that you can watch at your convenience and access to the talkback.
Support and Education for Parents
Our Baby Time class is back and has proven to be a great resource for new parents. For parents who are ready to start potty training, we are offering our virtual workshop on January 14. For parents of older children, our Soulful Parenting workshop is returning in February. We will offer a free introductory class so we can get to know you and you can see what this program is all about. We are also excited to welcome the founder and creator of the Soulful Parenting program, live from Israel on Sunday, February 7 to talk about the challenges and joys of parenting.