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Shalom is Now

On Saturday, October 28, Shalom at Home showed the true power of community when over 100 adults and children gathered in the JCC Social Hall.  

The warm gathering brought our community together, as we acknowledged recent events in Israel and Gaza while sharing our collective grief and hope. Several art stations filled the room for children to enjoy, including supporting JEWISHcolorado’s effort in stringing bracelets for children in Israel, assembling Havdallah spice-bags with star anise and cloves, decorating wooden doves to symbolize peace, and glazing ceramic doves crafted by our JCC ceramics staff. 

The wooden doves will be displayed in our lobby, while the ceramic-painted doves will be ready for pickup in two weeks’ time. These doves are meant to be gifted to friends, loved ones, and displayed in one’s home or around town as a symbol of peace, to illuminate the world during these dark and trying times.  

After enjoying an assortment of mediterranean appetizers, fruits, cheeses, and crackers, Shalom at Home participants were led by JCC Denver’s ELS Educator and Judaic Specialist, Stephanie Leen, in an uplifting Havdallah service that united both children and adults through singing and intentional thought.