From hamantaschen to hummus: get ready to take on your friends at BJTI’s Purim Persian Cookoff! How can you handle our mystery ingredients in the heat of the kitchen? Register now to reserve your spot!
Get ready for the sweet, sweet taste of victory this Hanukkah! Join BJTI for our annual cooking competition, and challenge your friends to see who can master our mystery ingredients! Register Here! $10/pp
We are bringing high school students together from all backgrounds to experience the Holocaust by Bullets Exhibit. The tour includes a pre-exhibit overview, exhibit tour, and space for debrief and reflection as a group.
9th-12th graders| Sun. Dec. 2nd | 2 - 4 pm | Boulder JCC | Free
To RSVP, e-mail Shayna.Hamburg@boulderjcc.org
The Holocaust by Bullets exhibit focuses on the mass shootings of Jews and others that took place throughout Eastern Europe by the Nazi mobile killing units from 1941 to 1944—and the mechanisms of mass violence generally. It pays homage to the memories of the victims while seeking to promote a proactive movement against genocide.
IS THE THOUGHT OF COLLEGE STRESSING YOU OUT?
BJTI IS HERE TO HELP!
When: October 7th, 2-4 PM
Where: Boulder JCC 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
$5 for Pizza and Expert Help
We’ll cover everything from how to find the right school for you, to how to write the best essay. This is for juniors and seniors in high school.
Come to the Boulder JCC to learn about the Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST). IST is a journey of a lifetime and life-changing experience. From sunrise at Massada to Shabbat at the Western Wall (Kotel), it combines extraordinary adventure, exceptional leaders, a commitment to education, Jewish values, and years of experience to guide students to learn, explore, discover and soak up every moment. Students have the opportunity to become more independent, learn more about themselves, connect to Israel and strengthen their Jewish identity. IST is one of the premiere Israel teen trips and is the longest running annual community-based Israel trip in the U.S. It’s a 5-week immersive program where we spend the first 4 days in Poland then the next 30 days in Israel. The trip is for students that are currently juniors in high school.
Who: Parents & 11th graders
When: Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact:
Director of the Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST)
A workshop for parents and teen educators.
Monday, July 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., location tbd.
Back in Denver by popular demand, Moving Tradition's Chief of Education and Program, Rabbi Daniel Brenner, will co-lead a workshop for parents and teen educators. Rabbi Brenner will offer an expert's perspective on issues facing teens today (stress, anxiety, social isolation, technology, conflict with authority, etc.) and what tools Jewish wisdom offers us as parents and as educators. Parents and educators will have the opportunity to reflect on these issues in relation to their own child/student(s) and get a taste of Moving Tradition's innovative teen programs, Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem.
Click here for more information and to register (no cost to attend).
Please contact Jen Kraft, Moving Traditions Colorado Director, for more information about either of these upcoming events.
School is out for the summer! Celebrate the year with outside games and BJTI at the Rayback Collective. Drop by whenever you can. Bring some cash to buy Kombucha or food from the food trucks. BJTI will be providing snacks for the table!
When: Thursday, May 24th @ 4-6 PM
Where: Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80304
Eligibility: 9th-12th grade
The Parenting Safe Children workshop offers valuable information, ideas, and tools to help you prevent child sexual abuse in your home and community! The workshop covers three prevention areas and empowers you to discuss body-safety with children and caregivers in a positive and effective manner. This 4.0 hour workshop is for parents, relatives, educators, therapists—anyone who cares about children!
Sunday, April 30 | 1 - 5 pm | Boulder JCC | $50
Contact: Kimberly Baker Phone: 303-998-1900 Email: email@example.com
Identify what makes children vulnerable to sexual abuse, so you are empowered with the facts.
- Learn body-safety rules, so you can teach your children about personal body safety, in an age- appropriate, positive, and non-threatening manner.
- Develop screening techniques, so you can decide more confidently which caregivers you want to entrust with your children.
It’s never too early to start talking with children about keeping their bodies safe. By starting early, you can create an environment that fosters safety and open communication.
Specifically, the Parenting Safe Children workshop will cover the following topics:
- Creating a communication-rich environment for children
- Empowering children to set and maintain boundaries
- Body-safety rules
- Characteristics of safe homes & schools
- Age-appropriate sexual behavior
- “Teachable Moments”
- Tips for screening childcare providers
- Teaching manners while also teaching kids to say, “NO” if they are un-safe
Please join the BIET - Boulder Israel Engagement Team for this community-wide celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.
5:00pm: Doors open
5:15pm: Israel 70th Birthday Ceremony
- Family Friendly Activities: Bouncy House, Face
Painting, Israeli Games with Israeli Teen Emissaries, Juggling Workshop, IAC Israeli Books and Art
- Breakout Sessions: 70 years of Israeli Music, Stories of Lone Soldiers, Israel in the 1970’s, Teen Session
- Israeli Music
- Food for Purchase
7:00pm: Keynote speaker: Stacy Warden -
“How Israeli Technology Changed My Family’s Life”
Pre-keynote: Eitanim - IAC- Teens presenting:
“70 Years of Humanitarian Aid”
To register, please visit:
For more information, contact Jodi Zicklin firstname.lastname@example.org (720) 749-2531
Yom Ha’atzmaut is produced by BIET– Boulder Israel Engagement Team, a partnership between JEWISHcolorado and the Boulder JCC.
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Congregation Bonai Shalom Congregation Har Hashem Cornerstone Church
The Ferndale Family of Companies Hillel CU Boulder
Israeli American Council
Jewish National Fund
Veronique and Gideon Markman Aza and Ron Squarer
Jennifer and Eric Weissmann Jackie and Mark Wong
Zeff Kesher Foundation
J-Serve: Be part of international movement of Jewish Teens committing to a cause!
Step 1: Register. If your organization wants to be a part of JServe, keep an eye on your email for the registration form! Either email email@example.com or sign up today on our email list to receive all the updates and interest forms.
Step 2: Incorporate your chosen cause/partner organization into at least three programs by April 15th. Be creative! This can include clothing drives, volunteer opportunities, education, and more!
Step 3: Join us on April 15th for a project showcase and advocacy training! Show off your projects to the community and give your teens the opportunity to learn about the next steps in their service, advocacy, and community involvement!
What does this mean for you?
- Formal training and structure to enhance community service and social justice
- Community wide engagement and visibility
- Additional funding for projects already in the natural scope of your programming
- Building partnerships with local non-profits
- Expanding the scope of your community service programming
Please reach out to Rocky at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
J-Street is offering scholarships for teens to attend the 2018 "A Voice for Today, A Vision for Tomorrow" conference. You will have the opportunity to meet with our Representatives in Congress to lobby for a fair two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The scholarship includes waiving the conference fee ($450) and up to $600 for travel and a hotel. Learn more about this exciting opportunity here!
When: April 14 - 17
Where: Washington DC
Join us for pizza, mixers, and a presentation by Holocaust Survivor Barb Steinmetz. There will be an opportunity for asking questions following. Optional: Stay for the community-wide commemoration service!
Come prepared with questions for the end of the presentation and thinking about the following questions:
What does it mean to be a survivor?
What does it mean to be a collaborator?
What does it mean to be a decent human being?
What might it be like to be an outsider in a foreign land? Surrounded by animosity & hate? How might you try to overcome that?
When: April 11 from 5:15-6:30
Where: Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Road, Boulder, Colorado, 80302
Eligibility: Middle School Students
Food graciously sponsored by Jewish Colorado
SPEND THE DAY ENJOYING THE SLOPES AND THE FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR!
When: Sunday, March 11th @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Eldora Mountain Resort (2861 Eldora Ski Rd #140, Nederland)
Eligibility: 8-12 Grade
Bring your skis or snowboard for a day on the mountain. We will be spending the morning hitting the runs then join together for lunch, ride to the top for a quick Shechayanu and enjoy each other’s company the rest of the afternoon on the mountain *All ability levels welcome!
*We will meet at the JCC (6007 Oreg Ave) parking lot at 9:00 am and will carpool up to Eldora, we will return to the JCC at 5:00 pm for pick up.
Ever wanted to make a tumblr-worthy blanket fort AND watch a movie in it?! Join Nevei teens this Saturday! Movie title TBD. Bring a friend, and we hope to see you there!!
When: Saturday, March 10 from 6-9 pm
Where: Nevei Kodesh
Eligibility: 8th-12th graders
Do a Mitzvah and Volunteer for the Community Purim Carnival!
Purim is coming up and we're excited for our annual Boulder community-wide Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 4 from 9:30 am - 2 pm at the Boulder JCC.
This year's event will be bigger than ever and we need lots of volunteers! Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, clean-up, running the games, supervising the prize area, and selling food.
We are also looking for volunteers who have experience working with the special needs community to help us with the Sensory-Friendly hour from 9:30 - 10:30 am.
Here is the schedule:
8:30 - 9:30 am - Set up
9:30 - 10:30 am - Sensory-Friendly Hour
10:30 - 11 am - Purim Shpiel
11 am - 2 pm - Games, Crafts, Food, and Activities
2 pm - 3 pm - Clean up
If you are ready to sign-up for the volunteer opportunity full of fun, family, and community, please REGISTER HERE. HAPPY PURIM!
Thank you to our Purim Carnival Sponsors!
Congregation Har HaShem, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Boulder Center for Judaism, Beth Ami - Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, JCC Ranch Camp, Adventure Judaism, and Orot Yisroel
Did you miss last month's The Big Deal: Chopped? Do you love to bake? This is your chance to compete in our Purim style baking competition. Show off your skills and let's get creative in making Hamantaschen!
When: Thursday, March 1st from 6 - 8 PM
Where: Boulder JCC
Eligibility: 9th - 12th graders
The Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) is thrilled to announce the 8th year of its student essay contest A Tribute to Moral Courage: Standing Up Against Injustice, thanks to a generous, anonymous donor.
The 2018 contest is now open to submissions. Essays are due on Friday, February 23, 2018. Winners will be notified mid March, and they will be recognized at ADL’s Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program in Denver on April 24, 2018.
Similar to years past, this essay contest uses the Holocaust as a backdrop, 7th – 12th grade students are encouraged to recognize those individuals throughout history who took a strong stand on a specific issue based on their personal beliefs or convictions, regardless of the danger or threat to their personal safety. Not only will students write about how that person’s moral courage has an impact on the world, but also and perhaps most importantly, how those actions have influenced their own lives today.
Writers must be Colorado, New Mexico or Wyoming students in grades 7-12. Monetary awards will be granted to the top three winners in two divisions: Division 1 – students in grades 7-9 and Division 2 – students in grades 10-12.
FREE SNACKS AND COFFEE!!!
Join us at OZO after school for a Silver Creek get together.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 21st from 3:00-4:00 pm
Eligibility: 9th-12th graders from Silver Creek High School
Back by popular demand we bring you Chopped! Mark your calendar and don't forget to RSVP for this sold out event! No need to have experience in the kitchen just an interest and some creativity in this fun challenge. Teens will get put into groups with a box of surprise ingredients and have one hour to prepare the tastiest and most creative dish. Sign up fast, this program is limited to 20 people!!
When: Thursday, February 8th @ 6:00-9:00pm
*Please note this program ran a little over this designated time last month because we were having so much fun!
Where: Boulder JCC Catering Kitchen
Eligibility: 9th-12th Grade
RSVP FOR THIS EVENT HERE!!!
Nevei Kodesh is hosting a Havaya Arts Camp Presentation!
Havaya Arts is a brand new Jewish overnight arts camp based in southern California. At Havaya Arts, top-notch arts and summer camp meet. We are creating a place where vibrant Jewish communal life enhances our art, which in turn enhances Jewish life and identity. All of the art we create at camp will be camper-driven and original
At Havaya Arts, campers learn from working artists. Our arts faculty are expert at teaching to a variety of levels, providing a truly camper-centered experience. Campers choose from one of our four core disciplines during each of our two-week sessions. Electives allow young artists to continue working in their core discipline or to explore another field. With access to various studios and outdoor spaces, all the tools and inspiration possible are right at our fingertips. Whether you go deeply into a chosen art form or you try something for the first time, you’ll grow as an intentional artist and amazing human being.
Come learn about this new, exciting opportunity!
When: Sunday, Feb. 4th from 12:00 - 12:30 pm
Where: Nevei Kodesh, 1925 Glenwood Dr, Boulder, CO 80304
Nevei Teens is a teen group at Nevei Kodesh created specifically to build community and learning opportunities for our awesome teenagers. Teen leaders, Noah and Shaine, will be planning fun and meaningful teen activities PLUS working closely with Gary, Boulder Jewish Teens, to connect our group with the many cool things teens are doing in the community. There is a small fee for this group to help us cover costs; however, this first night is no charge. We want teens to come and see what a cool experience this group can be for them.
When: Saturday, January 27
Eligibility: 8th-12th graders
Where: Nevei Kodesh
What: Nevei Teens Meet! Pizza, connection, games, a short havdalah service + planning activities together for the rest of the year
Get ready for the best Jewish summer ever!
Nevei Kodesh is hosting Jewish Summer Camps' Presentations.
Join the Colorado Jewish Overnight Camps to learn all about the thrills, benefits and awesomeness of Jewish residential camping. Meet the camp directors and professionals - Everyone is welcome!
Camps that will be presenting:
When: Sunday, January 21st from 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Where: Nevei Kodesh, 1925 Glenwood Dr, Boulder, CO 80304
Join BJTI in partnering with the Muslim Jewish Alliance of Boulder County for a Christmas Day of Service. In the spirit of the season, let's give back to our Boulder neighbors and grow our interconnected, inclusive, and caring community.
Hosted by the Muslim Jewish Alliance of Boulder County this day has two parts; Part 1 from 1-3pm and the other beginning at 5:30pm.
BJTI will be participating in the first part of the day, which is focused around spreading holiday cheer with snacks and teachings. BJTI is inviting teens in our community to volunteer at the Teen table, where they will be creating gift bags from 1:00-3:30 pm with students from the Islamic Center of Boulder.
Please note that there are other volunteer options aside from the Teen Table occuring between 1 and 3pm at the Islamic Center - please feel free to participate in any of these options.
RSVP to join us at the Teen Table here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0F4BACA62EA5F85-christmas
If you are also interested in volunteering for the second part of the day of service, find more information here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0F4BACA62EA5F85-christmas1
When: Monday, Dec. 25 from 1:00-3:30pm
Where: Islamic Center of Boulder 5495 Baseline Rd
Note: Please bring hats, gloves, and other warm items that will be delivered later in the day to Atonement Lutheran Church. These items will be available to people experiencing homelessness.
Every December BTY meets up for a white elephant style winter gift exchange. BTY’ers will gather for dinner and laughs at Kathmandu! An annual favorite!
When: Saturday, December 16 from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Kathmandu 1964 28th St. Boulder CO 80301
Eligibility: 9th-12th graders
Want more information about BTY events such as times, locations and RSVP info? Email Bryant Heinzelman with any questions.
Latkes! Doughnuts! Chocolate Gelt! Come take a break and relax from school with a Chanukah celebration.
Show up in your finest attire for a red carpet worthy evening to enjoy delicious dinner and some incredible talent from the teen community at our open mic night!
When: Thursday, Dec. 14th @ 5-8 pm (Drop by at any point, performances start around 7)
Where: Boulder JCC
All 8th-12th graders are welcome to come and explore leadership, social and volunteer opportunities at the jHub Opportunity Fair on Sunday, Dec. 3!
When: Sunday, Dec. 3rd from 3:00-4:30pm
Where: Thomas Jefferson High School
Register here: bit.ly/2hOtdNn