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Jewish Together-Boulder

36 Jewish organizations and synagogues collaborating to build relationships and create a stronger Jewish Community in Boulder County.

History

In April 2011, key partners in the Boulder Jewish Community came together to choose collaboration over competition and work to address the challenges of 21st century Judaism. For over five years, Jewish Together – Boulder met monthly to create initiatives in line with our mission and goals. The group began with city-wide collaborative events bringing together synagogues and the JCC to celebrate Jewish holidays. We realized that adding another program entity was not the best use of time for this unique collaboration, so we went back to the research and did our own to figure out what was really needed and innovative for our community. We created local Jewish lifecycle resource guides and undertook a Year of Shabbat. The group also spent time in dialogue visioning what the future of Boulder could look like and how they could best work together to stay viable. Currently, Jewish Together – Boulder meets twice per year to strengthen relationships across the Jewish community. You can find resource guides and lifecycle guides on the Boulder Jewish Community Center’s website under Community Resources.

Accomplishments (2011-2016)

Events
Community-wide Tashlich
Passover Deconstructed
Community-wide Yom Ha’atzmaut
Warm Welcome Visits for New Babies
Anniversary event for 1000 year flood
Wedding Bags for New Couples
Newish and Jewish in collaboration with Jewish Family Service and Women of the J

Holiday Resource Guides
• High Holidays
• Chanukkah
• Passover
• Shabbat

Year of Shabbat
• A Bolder Shabbat
• Michael’s List
• How to “be” Shabbat
• Shabbat Web Portal

Life Cycle Resource Guides on Website
• Wedding Guide
• New Baby Guide
• End-of-Life/Bereavement Guide
• Adult Guide
• Teen/B’nai Mitzvah

Strategic plan (2011-2016)

Vision – An engaged and vibrant Boulder Jewish Community that is sustainable and thriving in the 21st century.

Mission – Collaborate to increase the capacity and enhance the character of the Boulder Jewish Community by connecting and supporting Jewish organizations to meet 21st century challenges and needs.

Goals
• Raise the visibility of Boulder’s Rabbis, spiritual leaders, Jewish congregations and the BJCC
• Collaborate to serve and welcome unengaged Jews and their families
• Promote cross-pollination between Jewish organizations
• Think critically about key questions and potential change in the face of the 21st century, especially as they relate to congregational change