Community Center hosts variety of events for LGBTQIA+ community
DENVER, Colo., May 31, 2022 – The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) is celebrating Pride in June with a variety of events that are open to all including a “How to Adult” class on sexual health basics, an opera with Central City Opera called “Two Remain,” and Pride Shabbat. The JCC Denver will also provide a space for the Jewish community to participate in the Pride Parade and have a tent at PrideFest.
“The JCC Denver is working hard to ensure that we are taking measurable steps to create an inclusive space for our LGBTQIA+ community. Recognizing, celebrating, and participating in Denver Pride is an important part of giving space to the LGBTQIA+ Jewish community of Denver and to be vocal in our support of the LGBTQIA+ Community. Beyond Pride, we are working with a committee to create LGBTQIA+ specific spaces and programs and to work towards more inclusive practices at the JCC Denver and the Denver Jewish community as a whole.”– Daniel Siegel, engagement program manager at the JCC Denver
Events occur throughout the month of June and include:
June 8 – How to “Adult”: Sexual Health Basics with HEYDenver at the JCC Denver
Attendees will learn about STI testing, HIV prevention, STI myths & facts and more! The program is free to attend and everyone is welcome. STI testing will NOT be available at this session.
June 12 – “Two Remain” Education Panel and LGBTQIA+ Song Recital
Central City Opera and the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center present “Two Remain” an opera centered on Holocaust survivors visited by ghosts of their past and a love story of two gay German Jewish men. Moderated by John Seesholtz, the director of vocal pedagogy at CU Boulder, the educational panel includes Anna Simon, who made history as part of the first same-sex couple to be married in Colorado, and other LGBTQIA+ activists and Judaic Studies experts.
June 24 – Pride Shabbat at JCC Denver
Together, with Judaism Your Way, celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community with a Shabbat service and a festive Shabbat dinner. Shabbat Services are 6 – 7 p.m. and are free for all to attend. Shabbat dinner begins at 7 p.m. Pricing for Shabbat dinner is on a sliding scale with hardship pricing available.
June 25 and 26 – Pride Parade and PrideFest
The JCC Denver will walk in the Pride Parade and have a tent in the family area of PrideFest at Civic Center Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, on Sunday, June 26.
The vision of LGBTQIA+ initiatives at the JCC Denver mirrors its mission to welcome everyone into our community. Through this initiative, the JCC creates and provides year-round programming to engage this integral segment of our community. Through this programming, the JCC Denver aims to engage different types of people (ex: couples with children, single people, couples without children) that identify with the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as Allies.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, the 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 Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center is located at 350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246. For more information and to register for events, visit jccdenver.org.
ABOUT STAENBERG – LOUP JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, 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 five program areas focus on connection, community and well-being and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and aquatic center; early childhood engagement, including the Early Learning School and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers the Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music Festival (JAAMM Fest), Denver Jewish Film Festival, and ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; and 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.