February 29, 2016

Leapin’ Leap Day!

Did you know that leap days have existed for more than 2000 years, and are still associated with age-old customs, folklore and superstition? Leap years are an important part of the calendar. If we didn’t add a leap day every four years to the Gregorian calendar, each year we would lose six hours. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off approximately 24 days! Some calendars, such as the Roman and Chinese, add a month to rebalance.

The Jewish Leap Year*

The Jewish leap year, in Hebrew known as Shanah Me’uberet, has 13 months and occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle.

The Jewish calendar has 13 months in a leap year. There are 29 or 30 days in each month in a Jewish leap year, which has 383, 384, or 385 days.

A Pregnant Year*

A leap year in Hebrew is called Shanah Me’uberet, or a pregnant year. A Jewish leap year occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle. Within this cycle, the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th years are leap years.
*Source: timeanddate.com

Adar – The Lucky Month*

An extra month, Adar I, is added after the month of Shevat and before the month of Adar in a leap year. The month is also known as Adar Rishon or Adar Alef. According to Jewish tradition, Adar is a lucky and happy month.

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Arts, Culture and Jewish Life

Thank You for a Great Denver Jewish Film Festival!

We are delighted to announce that we exceeded our attendance goal from last year in the screening of 28 diverse and engaging films. We want to express our gratitude to everyone for joining us at what has been called the best film festival yet!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in voting for the Audience Choice Awards. We are very excited to announce the winners! Drum roll please…

Best Narrative Film: Once in A Lifetime

Best Documentary Film: Raise the Roof

We are profoundly grateful to all of our donors, sponsors, partners, volunteers, the MACC Board, and the Film Selection Committee who put their time, energy and heart into making this festival a true success. Of special note, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our Title Sponsors, Wagner Wealth Management and the Sturm Family Foundation.

Save the date for next year’s 21st Denver Jewish Film Festival, February 8-19, 2017!

20th Denver Jewish Film Festival



Spring Break Lifeguard Training

This class will teach you the skills needed to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatics emergencies. With certification, participants will be able to work as a professional lifeguard at the JCC and most other swimming facilities.
Cost: $175/Members; $200/Guests.
When: Monday, March 28 through Thursday, March 31
To register, call Ben at 303.316.6320 or email at bgoldstein@jccdenver.org.

Camp, Youth and Teens

Wolf Summer Theatre Academy Presents: Shrek Jr.

Let your freak flag fly! Young actors will embody the hilarious Shrek, Donkey, and Princess Fiona, as well as the mischievous fairy tale characters of the woods in this musical that the entire family will enjoy! Workshop is for 3rd-6th graders. Supervised lunch included.

Registration is now open! Register here.
View all our Wolf Summer Theatre Academy options here.


Camp Shai Vacation Camp

Spring break will be here before you know it! Vacation camp will be in full swing with a field trip in the morning and swimming and games in the afternoon. For children in grades K-5th, camp runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with optional drop-in care available before and after for an additional cost. Questions? Call Melanie at 303.316.6392 or email campshai@jccdenver.org.

Family Life

Save the Date! Family Camp at JCC Ranch Camp!

It’s already time to start thinking about your summer vacation plans! What better way is there to end your summer than with a Jewish dude ranch experience at the JCC Ranch Camp? Leave the cooking and cleaning to us as you and your children fall in love with our beautiful 400-acre site in the Black Forest. Registration will open March 1, 2016. Contact Jill Katchen at 303.316.6336 or jkatchen@jccdenver.org.


Spring Break Mini Camp

When your kids are out of school, there is no better place to spend Spring Break than the JCC Family Programs’ Mini Camps for 2-4 year olds. We are now offering a Mini Camp for non-potty-trained 2 year olds. Contact Justin to register, 303.316.6307 or jpierce@jccdenver.org.

Fitness, Wellness and Sports

JCC Triathlon Team Informational Meetings

This is your chance to become a part of the JCC Triathlon Team. Train in a small group environment for a sprint triathlon in July at the Boulder Reservoir. Training will take place April 2 – July 24 on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Certified USA Triathlon Coach, Melissa Mantak will take you to the finish!
We are holding three meetings, but you only need to attend one.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 24, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For additional information email tnelson@jccdenver.org.