Local Organizations and Artists Featured at the 28th Boulder Jewish Festival

On Sunday, June 9, the 28th Boulder Jewish Festival will occur at the Pearl Street Mall in front of the Court House. The longest-running culture festival in Boulder aims to bring the Jewish Community together and introduce Jewish culture to the larger community. The day will be filled with music, art, food, activities, and more. 

Pearl Street Mall will be covered with community tents to help the community connect with local organizations so you can make new connections or build on ones you may already have. These organizations will create a safe, nonjudgmental space, where the community of all backgrounds can come together and connect. 

The presenting artists and organizations include:

BGoldglass

BGOLD Glass promotes human connection and earth stewardship through our recycled glass operation. We create unique lighting designs, one-of-a-kind commissions, Jewish wedding glass packages, functional art, and Judaica. We also offer classes, team building, and events. This form and practice is an artistic method of cultivating compassion, empathy, and healing in our lives and communities.

CBArt Studios

CBArt is a dynamic mobile Art studio, that provides classes, camps, workshops, and special events for all ages and skill levels, including Scout badges, Team Buildings, and parties. Our commitment is to nurture creativity and growth. Offering diverse art forms such as modeling, drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpting, we cultivate a safe and supportive environment where students can confidently explore their artistic talents. Join us for an enriching journey brimming with fun and limitless artistic expression!

Green Judaica

Green Judaica specializes in creating meaningful handmade Judaica (items used for Jewish practices) to enhance Jewish ritual practice.

Lynette Errante Ceramics

No matter the season, Lynette Errante can be found picking wildflowers, shrubs, or leaves and incorporating them into functional pottery. Each piece of pottery she makes is unique in that she picked each flower from a certain region, trail, or town in Colorado. Lynette believes immersing yourself in nature is incredibly grounding and incorporates these natural elements into her pottery to feel grounded. She shares her work with loved ones and strangers in hopes that each person can feel closer to nature and themselves.

Mandalea

 I love creating art, particularly Judaica art- functional art and jewelry. Unique resin and glass paint artworks such as Mezuzahs, resin and wood Challah/Shabbat/cheese serving trays/platters, candle holders, Hamsa, and Various one-of-a-kind Judaica decor. Judaica jewelry with high-quality freshwater pearls. My breathtaking Mandala drawings and more.

Motek – Israeli Inspired Jewelry 

Bar Rodin is the owner and founder of Motek Jewelry. Bar was born and raised in Israel and moved to St. Louis in her late twenties. Bar’s inspiration for jewelry design can be traced back to her roots in Israel, whose cultural blend of creative and unique styles is now available in the United States. Bar designs much of her collection herself and sources the rest from Israel and other places in the world. Her collections boast a wide variety of handmade pieces combining classical and modern jewelry design and quality material, ranging from sterling silver, gold-filled, semi-precious stones, crystals, pearls, Swarovski, leather, and silver & gold plated jewelry. Pieces from Motek Jewelry are best suited for women, young adults, and girls. Bar’s vision is to inspire every woman and every girl wearing her jewelry to feel feminine, romantic, and radiant.

ADL

The mission of ADL is to stop antisemitism and secure justice and fair treatment for all. ADL in the Mountain States region assists hundreds of individuals and groups targeted by antisemitism and hate of all kinds, educates students through its anti-bias education initiative, No Place for Hate, in over 80 Colorado schools, and trains over 1,000 Jewish students and their allies to effectively deal with antisemitism on campus through its Words to Action program. ADL works in collaboration and as an ally to other targeted communities.

Adventure Rabbi

In 2001, Rabbi Jamie Korngold launched the Adventure Rabbi program intending to put meaning back into Judaism. Her vision grew into what today is called Adventure Judaism, reaching people all over the world. Through our activities and community, adults and kids come to love Judaism. Adventure Rabbi teaches age-old Jewish concepts like taking some time off each week and stopping trying to be perfect, but we teach them in a modern context. We don’t simply teach Bar and Bat Mitzvah students Hebrew; we teach them the relationship skills, based on Jewish teachings, that they need to become responsible and happy teenagers. We present Judaism in a way that fits into modern American life.

At the Well

At The Well’s mission is to enhance women’s well-being through ancient Jewish practices, with Rosh Chodesh as our guiding light. We envision a world where all women are connected to their bodies, spiritual practices, and community. At The Well works to inspire women to empower themselves, live whole lives, and lift each other up.

Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

We provide a place where secular Jews can find a comfortable home. We appeal to those who respect and love our Jewish heritage and want to affiliate with others with similar viewpoints. We are Jews who want Jewish studies for our children and ourselves, who want to observe Jewish holidays, appreciate Jewish culture, and express a connection with the Jewish people and Israel in a non-theistic setting. Beth Ami welcomes as a Jew anyone who identifies with the history, culture, struggles, triumphs, and future of the Jewish people. Our membership includes those from diverse backgrounds, ages, and interests.

Boulder Center for Judaism

Boulder Center for Judaism has been operating in Boulder for 30 years and counting—serving Jews from all denominations and backgrounds. Ensuring continuity of the Jewish heritage and faith for centuries to come. Our philosophy is that no person is too small and that each person is an entire world.

Boulder Chevra Kadisha

The Boulder Chevra Kadisha performs the traditional end-of-life rituals for Jewish deceased people in the Boulder County area.

BRCA Initiative

We are working to prevent Jewish genetic cancers before they occur with a no out-of-pocket genetic screening test. Our project is a study with the University of Colorado Medical School. We are focused on helping identify those with a BRCA mutation. This BRCA mutation occurs at 1 in 400 in the general population but is at 1 in 40 among those of Ashkenazi heritage. That is a 10X increase in risk. Preventing cancer is important and you can take charge and protect yourself and your kids.

Boulder Hadassah

Hadassah has 300,000 members and supporters nationwide, united behind the mission of healing the world. Hadassah’s two Jerusalem hospitals are compassionate global leaders in medical care and research, serving more than a million people a year, regardless of religion, race, or nationality. Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah villages compassionately serve at-risk children. In the U.S., Hadassah advocates for women’s health equity and empowers women to live healthier lives.

Congregation Bonai Shalom

In Hebrew, Congregation Bonai Shalom (CBS), means ‘Builder of Peace.’ We are a diverse, multi-generational congregation, founded in 1981 by just a few families who yearned for traditional observance and worship.
Congregation Bonai Shalom endeavors to be a community rich in:

Avodah – vibrant and traditional spiritual practice and meaningful lifecycle events
Torah – a flourishing school and adult learning community
Kehillah – an inclusive community where members connect socially, care for each other through acts of loving-kindness and steward the world beyond our walls through social action

Congregation B’nai Torah

Congregation B’nai Torah is a Reform congregation and a member of the Union of Reform Judaism. We are a small congregation that is friendly, warm, and inviting. Community is a vital part of our congregation and is evident in many of the programs we offer. We welcome diversity, interfaith families, younger and older generations to our synagogue; everyone who seeks a sense of family and Jewish community.

Congregation Har HaShem

We are Congregation Har HaShem. We create meaning in our lives…through Jewish practice. We celebrate together and lift each other when we have fallen. גמילות חסדים – g’milut chasadim – acts of generosity and kindness. We are inspired to realize our human potential. בצלם אלוהים – b’tzelem Elohim – in the image of the divine. We work to make the world more just. צדק צדק תרדוף – tzedek, tzedek tirdof – justice, justice shall you pursue.

Congregation Nevei Kodesh

Congregation Nevei Kodesh is known for its creative, meaningful, and joyful embrace of the spiritual riches of the Jewish tradition. We come together to seek an authentic, inclusive, and egalitarian expression of Jewish life in the 21st century. Established in 1993, Nevei Kodesh is an extended family of people from diverse backgrounds, welcoming and affirming Jewish, interfaith, and multi­cultural families, singles, couples, seniors, Jews by choice, LGBTQIA+ folks, and participants in other spiritual traditions.

Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce

Founded on Jewish values, the Chamber promotes business growth, business development, and professional relationships, and offers education programs. Formerly known as the Jewish Business Association of Colorado, the Denver Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1995 to unite the Denver Jewish business community and connect Jewish entrepreneurs and professionals. 

Ellis David Greene Post #344 of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA

JADE (Jewish Association for Death Education)

JADE provides information and education for all Jewish End of Life traditions to the public.

JEWISHcolorado

JEWISHcolorado convenes, connects, invests, and protects Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. JEWISHcolorado, part of the Jewish Federations of North America, strives to create a vibrant, secure, connected, and inclusive Jewish community. We stand together in shared purpose, guided by our Jewish values, connected to the people of Israel, and continuously working on behalf of the Jewish community through outreach, advocacy, programming, and grantmaking.

Jewish Family Service

JFS is a nonprofit human services organization that serves anyone in need – regardless of their circumstances or religious beliefs. We believe in a shared responsibility to support impactful changes throughout our community. Founded more than 150 years ago, we currently offer more than 30 programs and services, including food security, housing stability, mental health counseling, aging care, employment support, and disability services.

Jewish Fertility Foundation

The Jewish Fertility Foundation engages hopeful parents by providing financial assistance including grants for IVF and IUI, emotional support including support groups and a fertility buddy program, and infertility education to those struggling to build their families.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado (JGSCO.org) is dedicated to bringing individuals together to discover, document, and share their Jewish roots. JGSCO provides several educational programs per year hosted by renowned genealogical experts of interest to Jewish researchers to achieve this purpose.

Jewish National Fund

Unparalleled in the Jewish philanthropic world, Jewish National Fund-USA’s strategic vision has been and always will be, to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel.

Longmont Shabbat Group

The Longmont Shabbat Group is a community-based Jewish group (a Chavurah) in Longmont, Colorado. We offer a variety of services, including Shabbat candles, prayers over challah, singing, and so much more.
We have a very nice group of people, from ages 0 – 89, with varying knowledge of Judaism. Additionally, we have several interfaith families and try to keep the services meaningful for everyone. We use a combination of English and transliterated Hebrew. We’d love to have you spend a Shabbat with us and see what our little community has to offer!

Stop Antisemitism Colorado

Stop Antisemitism Colorado was founded to address the egregious rise in antisemitism in our political discourse. We aim to identify and call out antisemitic language and incidents, foster understanding and awareness of the impact on the Jewish community, advocate for responsible media representation, cultivate alliances, and actively oppose legislation that poses harm to the Jewish community. Through education and advocacy, we strive to empower individuals to recognize and combat Jewish hate and biases in all forms.

The Boulder Jewish Festival is free and open to the community.  It will be held at the Pearl Street Mall from 11 am- 5 pm on Sunday, June 9. For more information visit the Boulder JCC website.

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