This December is a particularly dark winter for Jews everywhere, so the light spread by Chanukah is especially necessary and welcome.
Each year for over 20 years the Boulder Center for Judaism has lit a menorah for the community on the Pearl Street Mall.
Each year the crowd gets bigger and the sense of community amongst Boulder’s Jews gets stronger.
Each year a member of the community who has worked especially hard for Boulder’s Jews is asked to light that special community menorah and this year it is our pleasure to give that honor to Andy Franklin, “a real mensch,” according to Rabbi Pesach Scheiner, co-founder of the Boulder Center for Judaism. “He is very kind and is always willing to help. He has been involved in Jewish causes for many years.
Jonathan Lev, Director of the JCC says:
“As a member of the Boulder JCC Board, Andy is strategic, thoughtful, and caring in helping us enhance the ways we connect to our community and the ways we connect community members with one another. Andy understands the immense impact that volunteerism can have in our community, as demonstrated by his support of so many vital organizations in Boulder County. We are grateful to have him on our board and as part of our community. We celebrate Andy as the 2023 Lamplighter.”
Each year we ask our Lamplighter the same four questions – we know, it’s not that holiday, but four is a good number for this too.
What brought you to Boulder?
I came to Boulder right after college to take a job at Hewlett Packard and be near skiing, which was my favorite recreational activity.
Can you share a memory of what Jewish Boulder was like when you moved here?
I was not really involved Jewishly until after I was married and had a son approaching his Bar Mitzvah. After a trip to Israel during his Bar Mitzvah year, I learned what it meant to be part of the Jewish people and got more involved with Jewish life.
What is your favorite Chanukah memory?
Eating the traditional food of the holiday and lighting the candles with my family.
As a philanthropist to the Jewish community can you describe some of the things that you invested in for the good of Colorado and Boulder?
I have been a longtime supporter of the Jewish Federation, now JEWISHcolorado and Congregation Har Hashem. More recently I’ve been a supporter of the JCC.
Please join us in congratulating Andy on being chosen to be this year’s Chanukah Lamplighter.
For more information on this and other local Chanukah celebrations go to Boulderjudaism.com