The Front Range of Colorado, including the greater Boulder Jewish community, suffered catastrophic flooding in September, 2013. Losses in the Jewish community include synagogue buildings, rabbi homes, contents including archives as well as books and materials, with total damages to these community properties totally several hundred thousand dollars. As the Front Range recovers from the devastation of the flood, this page will be updated with reference information as well as an archive of flood-related articles. To add information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many places to support recovery including direct financial contributions.
Helpful Links (click the blue text)
- Boulder JCC Flood Information
- Free Storage through Chabad – click to email them or call 917-325 -0432
- Bonai Shalom Helpers/Workers – need or want to help – access code is bonai (all lower case)
- Chabad at CU Boulder student volunteers. To borrow equipment email here.
- Jewish Family Service – Boulder – immediate assistance is available. Call 303-415-1025 or email Cathy Summer or Ingrid Swords.
- NECHAMA clean up assistance
- Allied Jewish Federation Boulder Relief Fund (donations)
- Links to Jewish organizations in Boulder – check websites for additional updates
City/County of Boulder:
- City of Boulder Office of Emergency Management
- City of Boulder Flood Info Page
- Dumpster Locations for flood-damaged debris
- Boulder County Flood Info including Safe Debris Removal
- University of Colorado at Boulder Flood Info including financial assistance, counseling support, and volunteer resources.
- Red Cross – Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Jared Polis at 7pm MST 9/19 to talk about the flood relief efforts in our district, 2ndCD constituents please dial in at 7pm MST to 1-888-409-5380.
Latest Articles on Boulder Jewish News (click the title for the full article)
- Flood Remembrance Event Gathers the Community – “First Yahrtzeit” - Jewish Together Boulder organized a moving program on September 14th, 2014 to commemorate the first anniversary -- a first yahrtzeit -- of the devastating 2013 Boulder Flood. Photos.
- Flood Event Drash - Morah Yehudis gave this teaching at the Flood Remembrance Event on September 14, 2014.
- Remembering the Flood: A Celebration of Our Resilience - Join the community on September 14, 2014, the one-year anniversary of the flood, for a celebration of our humanity. Rabbis and community leaders from around Boulder County will be will be creating an afternoon of stories, video, and interactive moments for both healing and celebrating.
- A Dream at the Mountain - As MLK Day approaches, and in light of the many recent changes in our community, Rabbi Marc Soloway talks about his dream for the Boulder Jewish community.
- Book Burial Brings the Community Together - Members of the Boulder Jewish Community gathered at Mountain View cemetery on Sunday to bury sacred texts that had been damaged in the September flooding.
- Convergence: Chanukah and Thanksgiving - Morah Yehudis Fishman shares a teaching for this rare holiday convergence.
- Community Welcome at Book Burial and Ceremony - Volunteers are needed to help load/unload the books for Sunday's service.
- More Help for Flood Victims: $ and Crocs - Chabad of Boulder County has secured additional funds for flood relief grants, as well as a donation of Crocs footware. Click for details.
- Brews and Shmooze Foamy Success - It was a brew-sy, shmoozy night. . .
- Brews and Schmooze for the Community - Our community needs a night out. Our community deserves a night out. Our community shall have a night out!
- From Dor to Door - Morah Yehudis Fishman launches a new project in honor of her recent milestone birthday.
- Weathering the Floods – A Goat’s Perspective - Who knew that our Jewish co-op goats would take the rain and flooding so personally?
- What to Do with Sacred Texts Damaged in the Flood - You may be wondering, where can I take my damaged siddur (prayer book) and other sacred documents?
- More Flood Relief - Chabad of Boulder County is excited to make two new relief announcements!
- Boulder JFS Flood Support Group Continues - Please join us on Tuesday at the Boulder JCC Library for a drop-in support group.
- Jewsy News — Flood Coverage - Boulder County Jewish institutions damaged by last month's catastrophic flooding are attracting attention from mainstream news outlets.
- Beth Ami Hosts IsraAID - The Kingstons were honored to host four members of IsraAID brought to Colorado by Allied Jewish Federation to help flood victims.
- Boulder JFS Offers Flood Relief Support - Boulder JFS can help NOW with flood relief: financial assistance is available for food, clothing, temporary housing, and more.
- Update: Congregation Har HaShem - Har HaShem is in recovery mode and seeks support for its Flood Relief Fund.
- Update: Chabad-Lubavitch and Free Storage - Chabad has arranged for free storage in Denver, including pickup service. Click for info.
- Community-Wide Sukkot + Birthday Celebration - The community is invited to gather in the sukkah together to celebrate and support one another. Please come!
- Boulder Jewish Community Flood Update 9-18 - It has been an unforgettable week in Boulder. Click to get an update about the community.
- Out-Pouring… of Love - Chabad of Boulder County stands ready to help... let us know what you need.
- After the Flood – A Prayer - Rabbi Marc Soloway was asked to write this prayer for the Rabbinical Assembly.
- AJF Allocates Initial Flood Funds - Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has allocated the first $75,000 of funds raised to help victims of the Colorado floods.
- So How Can I Help? And Thank You - Chabad of CU has been organizing student (and other) volunteer help since late last week. Here is Rabbi Wilhelm's latest report.
- Federations Mobilize in Response to Historic Colorado Flooding - The Jewish Federations of North America are mobilizing to help the victims of unprecedented flooding across Colorado.
- After the Flood… Sukkot. - For many of us, it is going to be very challenging to enter a Sukkah and to get to that feeling of joy in the aftermath of the last week.
- Boulder JCC Will Reopen Tuesday - In addition, in an effort to help our community, we are offering several free programs:. Read about it here.
- Boulder JCC to Remain Closed Monday - The Boulder JCC will remain closed on Monday, September 16th. Click for latest information from BJCC and JFS.
- Boulder Jewish Community Flood Round Up - It has been an unforgettable week in Boulder. Click to read about some of the impacts as well as the amazing responses so far.
- The Soul Must Go On — Lubavitch Yom Kippur - In this very difficult time for the Boulder County Jewish community, Chabad of Boulder County has made the decision to stay and host Yom Kippur Services. Our doors are open to all in this time of crisis. If you have any friends or relatives who would like to join us for services, please direct them …
- Free Yom Kippur Housing For Flood Victims - Chabad of NW Metro Denver is offering free Hotel accommodations this Friday night at the hotel where they will be conducting High Holiday Yom Kippur services.
- Boulder JCC Closed Friday, City Planning Board Meeting Cancelled - Weather-related closures this week.
Notable Articles from other Publications
- Daily Camera: Flood coverage
- RJ.org: A Reform Congregation Emerges from the Flood
- Shalom Life: UJA of Greater Toronto Opens Fund in the Wake of Colorado Flood
- JewishTimes.com: Colorado Relief Effort (Baltimore)
- Forward: Colorado Floods Wreak Havoc With Jewish Holidays as Shuls Battle Rising Water
- Voz Iz Neias: Colorado – Boulder’s Jewish Residents Add Post-Flood Cleanup To Their Pre-Yom Kippur Preparations
- JTA: Boulder-area synagogues suffer flood damage
- Times of Israel: Boulder shuls held Yom Kippur services despite flooding
- Intermountain Jewish News: Floods damage shuls, disrupt Yom Kippur in Boulder, Longmont, Evergreen
- PJ Library: Tikvah Means Hope for Communities in Greater Boulder
- The Jewish Week: Swallowed by a Whale of a Flood