February 8, 2016

This issue of The J Weekly Update is a little heavy with Film Festival news, but what can we say? We are excited! We have a lot of great films this year that we cannot wait to share with you. If you are a new parent, or know someone who is, you will definitely want to check out our Warm Welcome Playdates! Phase 1 of The J construction is beginning! You can read the details below.

Parking Lot Congestion

Film Fest runs February 10 – 21. Please be aware, people will be arriving for films around 5:00 pm which is concurrent with some parents picking up their children from the ECC. Please expect traffic to be heavier during this time.

Arts, Culture and Jewish Life

Date Night at the Film Fest

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way to keep the magic going than to attend Date Night at the Denver Jewish Film Festival. Come see Vice Versa, a film about an unexpected love story about a young man with a tough decision to make. Learn more about the event here.

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Pride Night at the Film Fest

Check out these thought provoking, relevant and deeply moving films about the lives of the LGBTQ community in and around Israel; Oriented and End of Season Sale. Join us after the films for a reception and conversation with Dr. Caryn Aviv, Rabbinic Candidate and Associate Director at Judaism YourWay, to discuss the film and its relevance to life here in Colorado and in Israel. Learn more.


LIVE APPEARANCE BY David Broza, Star of Film, Israeli Singer-Songwriter

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

6:30 pm Program and Film, East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, Elaine Wolf Theatre, followed by Dessert Reception, Phillips Social Hall

This year the Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) is proud to bestow the 2016 Cultural Achievement Award on the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for unparalleled support of arts, science and culture in Colorado.

Enjoy the film which represents a joyful musical union of voices that also defy the dark realities of the Middle East.

My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

Revealed in this movie is a clandestine Italian resistance movement that helped save much of the country’s Jewish population during the Shoah. An estimated 80 percent of Italy’s Jews survived WWII thanks to Italian citizens who risked their own lives to defy the Nazis.

Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby honors countless Italians who rescued their Jewish neighbors with no thought of recognition or reward. These inspiring acts are recounted by descendants of rescuers and survivors, as well as those who escaped the concentration camps as children.

Don’t wait, this show is nearly sold out!

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Sabena Hijacking – My Version

A powerful, suspenseful docudrama based on previously undiscovered audio recordings of the former pilot, Captain Reginald Levy this film finally shares the untold story of what exactly took place on the flight throughout 30 hours of nerve-racking captivity. It channels the English pilot’s impartial view of the events and elaborates on them with exclusive access to three revered Israeli political leaders who were in charge of the rescue effort, as well as the only surviving hijacker.

Don’t wait, this show is nearly sold out!

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Family Life

Photo of a newborn baby laying near a welcome package

Warm Welcome Playdate

Are you a new parent or new to the community with a baby 16 months or younger?

Join other Jewish parents for yummy snacks, community resources, and socializing at the JCC for a FREE Warm Welcome Playdate!

Upcoming Playdates

February 17 at 11:00 am
March 20 at 10:00 am

Please email Jill Katchen at jkatchen@jccdenver.org to RSVP.

Request a Warm Welcome Visit

Jewish Grandparent University

Helping grandparents and grandparents-to-be learn ways to support your children in becoming parents for the first time, while passing on Jewish family values and traditions. Facilitated by Dr. Daniel Hettleman, Ph.D., P.C. This class is a great experience for both first time grandparents and grandparents having their second or third grandchild. It provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with other grandparents and help open lines of communications for one and all. Contact Rachel Baum at rbaum@jccdenver.org with questions or to register.



In mid-February phase 1 of construction will begin. New classrooms are being created where the existing art and ceramic studios and art gallery are located. Phase 1 is expected to end in the beginning of June 2016. Construction of the new ceramics studio will be done this week so the noise level in the Yoga and Pilates studios will increase during this time. The new studio will be open for classes next week!

If you have any questions regarding construction, please email constructionifo@jccdenver.org.