Welcome to the JCC.
Celebrating its 92nd year in the Denver community, the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center is a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place that provides educational, cultural and recreational programs to serve and strengthen the community, guided by timeless Jewish values.
The Jewish Community Center is a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place that provides educational, cultural and recreational programs to serve and strengthen the community, guided by timeless Jewish values. To learn more about our mission, click here.
The JCC is more than just a gym, we are the hub of the Jewish community in Denver. But we do still have a state-of-the-art sports and fitness center. To learn more about Sports & Fitness, click here.
Looking to hang out with folks who have similar interests? The JCC and JFS collaborate on interesting and enriching senior programing. To learn more about the JFS at the JCC programming, click here.
Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) has been around for more than 75 years. To learn more about our ECC classes and teaching philosophy, click here.
With a brand-new theatre and extensive arts classes, the Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a valuable community resource. To learn more about our theatre and arts programming, click here.
We offer phenomenal family programming from pregnancy (Jewish Baby University) to Move and Learn classes and everything in between. To learn more about our Family Programming, click here.
Kids on break from school? Don’t know what to do with them? Put them in our Vacation Camps! To learn more about Vacation Camps, click here.
Speaking of camps, we have over 250 summer camps and activities for kids of all ages. To learn more about Summer programs, click here.
Want to take advantage of our programming but live in South Denver? Fortunately we have a location just for you! To learn more about our South Denver JCC, click here.
And there is so much more. We hope you will take the time to explore our website, we know we have the perfect program for you and your family!
People with Special Needs and Disabilities:
The JCC is committed to welcoming people with special needs through its Yad b’ Yad (“Hand in Hand”) program, which offers educational, cultural and recreational opportunities available throughout the Center. These opportunities include a lift in the indoor swimming pool and special fitness classes and camping experiences.
The History of the JCC Movement:
The JCC Movement started in 1854 when the first Young Men’s Hebrew Association opened its doors in Baltimore to provide support for Jewish immigrants, help ensure Jewish continuity, and to provide a place for celebration. Similar associations opened soon after, serving as libraries, cultural centers, and settlement houses.
As immigration swelled in the late nineteenth century, YMHAs and Jewish Community Centers helped immigrants adapt to North American life by teaching them English, assisting their acculturation to new customs and mores, and helping them to participate fully in the civic responsibilities and opportunities of their new democratic home.
The Council of Young Men’s Hebrew & Kindred Associations was founded in 1913 to coordinate and promote the efforts of the independent centers. It was the first permanent body to which the individual centers could turn for networking, guidance, and support.
Responding to the First World War, YMH&KA secured funds to enlist rabbis for service at military posts and called a conference of several Jewish bodies, giving birth to the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) in 1917, which developed a comprehensive infrastructure for attending to the welfare of Jewish military personnel.
JWB took over the responsibilities of YMH&KA when the two organizations merged shortly after the war. The new JWB continued to serve Jewish Americans in the armed forces both at home and abroad, and became the national association of JCCs and YM-YWHAs.
Newfound prosperity propelled many Jews to the suburbs in the nineteen fifties and sixties. With more leisure time and disposable income, Jews sought recreational opportunities and other new pursuits. JCCs built large, modern facilities to serve the suburban populations. A host of new offerings included day camps, teen travel camps, fine art and performing arts, nursery schools, athletics and sports, services to the aged, and informal education. Additionally, other organizations began to be housed within JCC walls.
With the heightened pride in Israel and Judaism in the aftermath of the Six Day War of 1967, JCCs flourished with Jewish celebrations and cultural events, including book fairs, film festivals, communal Hanukkah parties, rallies for Soviet Jewry, and Israel Independence Day extravaganzas. Many JCCs recruited Israeli shlichim and sent delegations on trips to Israel.