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  • Chanukah 2017

    Chanukah 2016 Generated lots of Great Publicity:

    You can see the 9 News coverage of the Pearl Street Event HERE.

    The Daily Camera‘s story on the Lighting on Pearl Street HERE.

    Lots of photos taken by the Daily Camera on Pearl Street HERE.

    Coverage of Pearl Street by the Boulder Jewish News HERE.

    And the Boulder Jewish News‘s coverage of the Louisville WinterSkate Chanukah on Ice event HERE.

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    01/02/2017 at 3:06 pm MST
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  • Chabad of Boulder turns to crowdfunding to raise money for new community center

    By Amy Bounds

    Staff Writer (Boulder Daily Camera)

    Chany Scheiner was anxiously glued to a screen on Sunday, watching as donations came in for a 24-hour, online fundraising campaign for a new Jewish community center.

    “It’s a crazy idea,” she said. “It’s actually pretty scary, but very exhilarating and humbling.”

    By 9 p.m. Sunday night, the campaign was 93 percent to its goal of $92,500, with about $86,500 raised. The campaign ends at noon today — and if the goal isn’t reached, the money will be refunded.

    Scheiner founded Chabad of Boulder together with her husband, Rabbi Pesach Scheiner, 23 years ago. Since then, the Boulder County Center for Judaism has served the community from a small space in a residential neighborhood.

    The September 2013 floods damaged the center and, as they made repairs, they began to talk about building a new, larger space, Chany Scheiner said.

    “It sparked us to work harder and better,” she said. “We wanted to have something positive come out of the flood.”

    They raised enough money, about $400,000, to pay for permits and to start construction, with the framing under way. The new center will be located at 2810 Jay Road in Boulder, a property that was purchased about 10 years ago.

    “It’s been a long journey,” Scheiner said.

    Now, with the promise of a match by each of three donors, they’re trying to raise $92,500 in just 24 hours. Each dollar given is multiplied by four, so $25 becomes $100, $125 becomes $500 and so on.

    The matching donations are from the M.B. Shana Glassman Foundation, Bob and Dodi Klutznick, and R’ Moshe and Dini Scheiner.

    The total cost of the new center, including furnishing, is estimated at $1.5 million. The plans call for about 2,000 square feet of indoor space, as well as another 1,000 square feet of courtyard space, in phase one. Another 2,000 square feet of indoor space is planned for phase two

    The center will include a large room designated for children’s programs and displays, along with a second large room for prayers, lectures and holiday parties. Plans also include a commercial kosher kitchen and small kosher store.

    “The amount of donors involved has been really amazing,” Scheiner said. “If we meet this challenge, it really will help us get over the hump. It will give us the momentum we need.”

     

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    02/09/2015 at 9:03 am MST
    2 years ago

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  • Boulder Jewish Community Lights Menorah on Pearl St.

    Holiday music, light-up menorah eyeglasses, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and a larger-than-life skating dreidel set the mood Thursday evening for the Boulder County Jewish community’s fourth annual Chanukah on Ice at Louisville Winterskate.
    The outdoor ice rink at 824 Front Street welcomed around 150 people Thursday to the holiday celebration – part of an effort to bring together the county’s Chanukah revelers. Chany Scheiner, co-director of the Boulder County Center for Judaism, said Chanukah on Ice has become a unifying event for Jews east of Boulder.
    “If you thought you were one of the five (Jewish) families in Louisville, look around,” Scheiner said, adding that Chanukah itself brings people out of the woodwork. “There are so many Jews who aren’t invested Jews throughout the year. But Chanukah is such an easy holiday to celebrate that we get a lot of interfaith families that come out to celebrate with us.”
    Beth Litz, Shalom Baby director for the Boulder Jewish Community Center, said Judaism has a thriving presence in Louisville but many of its followers simply need an opportunity to connect.
    “This is an attempt at outreach,” Litz said of the Chanukah on Ice event. “We find there’s a lot of Jewish or interfaith families that have moved to Louisville and Superior and they’re looking for people to celebrate with.”
    Winterskate — a Rockwellian scene with its quaint ice rink lit by bare bulbs in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, and people either skating, warming themselves by the fire pit or sipping hot chocolate – truly captures the spirit of the season in Louisville, Scheiner said. “Louisville just has a nice, warmer hometown feel,” she said. “It’s very special and each community has its own thing. It’s great to build community that way.”
    Thursday’s celebration included the lighting of the third candle on the menorah by Rabbi Richard Rocklin – Thursday’s guest of honor.
    “We’re honoring Rabbi Rocklin tonight for his work in the community,” said Shari Blake Schnee, specialty camp director for Boulder Jewish Community Center. Rocklin, a rabbi for the past 40 years who moved to Colorado from Florida to be closer to his children and grandchildren, attended his first Chanukah on Ice celebration Thursday with several family members. The said the event provides a heartwarming night for Jewish families. “Everyone is enjoying themselves and we have a wonderful turnout,” Rocklin said. “I think it’s wonderful to see all the children celebrating this holiday.”
    Chanukah on Ice is sponsored by the Boulder County Center for Judaism, the Boulder Jewish Community Center, Jewish Colorado, Boulder Jewish News, the Jewish National Fund, Ed and Julie Victor, the Oreg Foundation and Boulder Creek Events. Sponsor organizations passed out menorahs and candles to families in attendance on Thursday. The East Boulder County celebration continues at 4 p.m. Sunday with the lighting of the menorah at Lafayette’s Festival Plaza, 311 South Public Road.

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    01/23/2015 at 8:04 am MST
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  • Boulder’s Jewish community gathers for menorah lighting

    Holiday music, light-up menorah eyeglasses, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and a larger-than-life skating dreidel set the mood Thursday evening for the Boulder County Jewish community’s fourth annual Chanukah on Ice at Louisville Winterskate.
    The outdoor ice rink at 824 Front Street welcomed around 150 people Thursday to the holiday celebration – part of an effort to bring together the county’s Chanukah revelers. Chany Scheiner, co-director of the Boulder County Center for Judaism, said Chanukah on Ice has become a unifying event for Jews east of Boulder.
    “If you thought you were one of the five (Jewish) families in Louisville, look around,” Scheiner said, adding that Chanukah itself brings people out of the woodwork. “There are so many Jews who aren’t invested Jews throughout the year. But Chanukah is such an easy holiday to celebrate that we get a lot of interfaith families that come out to celebrate with us.”
    Beth Litz, Shalom Baby director for the Boulder Jewish Community Center, said Judaism has a thriving presence in Louisville but many of its followers simply need an opportunity to connect.
    “This is an attempt at outreach,” Litz said of the Chanukah on Ice event. “We find there’s a lot of Jewish or interfaith families that have moved to Louisville and Superior and they’re looking for people to celebrate with.”
    Winterskate — a Rockwellian scene with its quaint ice rink lit by bare bulbs in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, and people either skating, warming themselves by the fire pit or sipping hot chocolate – truly captures the spirit of the season in Louisville, Scheiner said. “Louisville just has a nice, warmer hometown feel,” she said. “It’s very special and each community has its own thing. It’s great to build community that way.”
    Thursday’s celebration included the lighting of the third candle on the menorah by Rabbi Richard Rocklin – Thursday’s guest of honor.
    “We’re honoring Rabbi Rocklin tonight for his work in the community,” said Shari Blake Schnee, specialty camp director for Boulder Jewish Community Center. Rocklin, a rabbi for the past 40 years who moved to Colorado from Florida to be closer to his children and grandchildren, attended his first Chanukah on Ice celebration Thursday with several family members. The said the event provides a heartwarming night for Jewish families. “Everyone is enjoying themselves and we have a wonderful turnout,” Rocklin said. “I think it’s wonderful to see all the children celebrating this holiday.”
    Chanukah on Ice is sponsored by the Boulder County Center for Judaism, the Boulder Jewish Community Center, Jewish Colorado, Boulder Jewish News, the Jewish National Fund, Ed and Julie Victor, the Oreg Foundation and Boulder Creek Events. Sponsor organizations passed out menorahs and candles to families in attendance on Thursday. The East Boulder County celebration continues at 4 p.m. Sunday with the lighting of the menorah at Lafayette’s Festival Plaza, 311 South Public Road.

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    01/23/2015 at 7:59 am MST
    2 years ago

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  • Chanukah on Ice takes over Louisville Winterskate

    Holiday music, light-up menorah eyeglasses, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and a larger-than-life skating dreidel set the mood Thursday evening for the Boulder County Jewish community’s fourth annual Chanukah on Ice at Louisville Winterskate.

    The outdoor ice rink at 824 Front Street welcomed around 150 people Thursday to the holiday celebration – part of an effort to bring together the county’s Chanukah revelers. Chany Scheiner, co-director of the Boulder County Center for Judaism, said Chanukah on Ice has become a unifying event for Jews east of Boulder.
    “If you thought you were one of the five (Jewish) families in Louisville, look around,” Scheiner said, adding that Chanukah itself brings people out of the woodwork. “There are so many Jews who aren’t invested Jews throughout the year. But Chanukah is such an easy holiday to celebrate that we get a lot of interfaith families that come out to celebrate with us.”

    Beth Litz, Shalom Baby director for the Boulder Jewish Community Center, said Judaism has a thriving presence in Louisville but many of its followers simply need an opportunity to connect.
    “This is an attempt at outreach,” Litz said of the Chanukah on Ice event. “We find there’s a lot of Jewish or interfaith families that have moved to Louisville and Superior and they’re looking for people to celebrate with.”
    Winterskate — a Rockwellian scene with its quaint ice rink lit by bare bulbs in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, and people either skating, warming themselves by the fire pit or sipping hot chocolate – truly captures the spirit of the season in Louisville, Scheiner said. “Louisville just has a nice, warmer hometown feel,” she said. “It’s very special and each community has its own thing. It’s great to build community that way.”
    Thursday’s celebration included the lighting of the third candle on the menorah by Rabbi Richard Rocklin – Thursday’s guest of honor.

    “We’re honoring Rabbi Rocklin tonight for his work in the community,” said Shari Blake Schnee, specialty camp director for Boulder Jewish Community Center. Rocklin, a rabbi for the past 40 years who moved to Colorado from Florida to be closer to his children and grandchildren, attended his first Chanukah on Ice celebration Thursday with several family members. The said the event provides a heartwarming night for Jewish families. “Everyone is enjoying themselves and we have a wonderful turnout,” Rocklin said. “I think it’s wonderful to see all the children celebrating this holiday.”

    Chanukah on Ice is sponsored by the Boulder County Center for Judaism, the Boulder Jewish Community Center, Jewish Colorado, Boulder Jewish News, the Jewish National Fund, Ed and Julie Victor, the Oreg Foundation and Boulder Creek Events. Sponsor organizations passed out menorahs and candles to families in attendance on Thursday. The East Boulder County celebration continues at 4 p.m. Sunday with the lighting of the menorah at Lafayette’s Festival Plaza, 311 South Public Road.

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    01/23/2015 at 7:52 am MST
    2 years ago

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