Event occurred on October 24, 2020


Our virtual celebration allows us to gather together as we always do in the fall. While we are not physically in the same location, we are connected via a common passion. Our program promises to be filled with a sense of togetherness, joy, and purpose—all you have to do is click a few buttons. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to relax and reflect and celebrate how the J holds such a special place in all of our hearts as we honor Don Kortz and Stuart Bombel.

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Annual Celebration Don Kortz


Robert E. Loup Hineni Award

Don Kortz served as board chair of the JCC since 2018 when he was appointed by the Rose Community Foundation to provide leadership to the JCC, ensuring financial stabilization, upgrades to the infrastructure, and strengthening of programs and services. Along with a coalition of donors, the Board of Directors, and JCC leadership, Don successfully restored financial health to the organization, transforming the JCC. His efforts have solidified the community who will continue to benefit from meaningful programing for many years to come. Don’s dedication to family, volunteerism and philanthropy make him the ideal and well deserving recipient of the 2020 Robert E. Loup Hineni Award.

Annual Celebration Stuart Bombel


Gerald S. Gray Service & Leadership Award

Originally from Flint, Michigan, Stuart Bombel started his Colorado journey in 1976 at the University of Denver. Stuart spent over 30 years in dealer to dealer car sales. Along the way he mentored many young professionals get their start in the business world. More recently he has turned his creative and philanthropic energies to dramatically reshape and refresh critical spaces at the J from the outdoor pool, preschool terrace and the Backyard. His extraordinary dedication of time, expertise and generosity have contributed to the future success of the J.

Paying Special Tribute to

Art Kleinstein (z”l)
Longtime supporter of the J through the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, our annual poker tournament, and served as a member of the film selection committee for the Denver Jewish Film Festival for many years.

Steve Wilson
Executive Artistic Director of the Mizel Arts and Culture Center for over 26 years.

Annual Celebration Art Kleinstein
Art Kleinstein (z”l)
JCC Staff Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson

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Carol and Larry A. Mizel


Gary Levine, Co-Chair
Fran and Ray Baker
Jill Bombel
Sunny and Norm Brownstein
Denise and Warren Cohen
Goldie and Joel Cohen
Steven and Robin Chotin
Gay and Barry Curtiss-Lusher
Debbie and Michael Feiner
John Freyer Jr.

John Freyer Sr.
Shannon Gifford and Jerry Glick
Suzie Goodspeed
Mary Lou Kortz
Peter Kudla
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Connie and Gary Levine
Lisa Farber Miller
Julie and Brent Morse

Wendy and Ed Nekritz
Kathy Neustadt
Shereen and Michael Pollak
Michele and Richard Right
Marcia and Dick Robinson
Susan and Eddie Robinson
Scott Robinson
Michael Staenberg
Jana and Brian Wilkinson


Goldie Cohen, Co-Chair
Lisa Engbar
Beth Hornstein
Katy Hyman Roth

Mary Lou Kortz
Kim Malek
Rikki Mor
Melanie Perlman

Amy Schiff
Megan Seff
Jessica Shaoul


Ed Nekritz, Board Chair
Don Kortz, Immediate Past Chair
Gary Levine, Development Chair
Dan Seff, Treasurer
Elise A. Barish, Assistant Treasurer
Kendra Harrison, Board Secretary
Mike Kboudi, Governance Chair

Goldie Cohen
Barry Curtiss-Luscher
Ken Feiler
Dan Hyatt
Rabbi Amanda Schwartz



Connie and Gary Levine


Michael Staenberg


Shannon Gifford and Jerry Glick


MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation


Sunny and Norm Brownstein
Denise and Warren Cohen
Betsy and Terry Considine
Debbie and Michael Feiner

Mary Lou and Don Kortz
Peter Kudla
Land Title Guarantee
Essie Perlmutter and Family

Michele and Richard Right and
Katzson Brothers, Inc –
Sidney T. and Bertha Katzson Foundation


  • ANB Bank
    Argonaut Wine & Liquor
    Jodi Asarch
    Fran and Ray Baker
    The Chotin Foundation, Robin
    & Steven Chotin and Family
    Denver Agency

  • Tanner Fanello, Fuller Real Estate
    Farber and Miller Families
    Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP
    Jeannie and John Fuller, Fuller Real Estate
    Lorna Gray and Michael Gray
    The Heidenrich and Sherman Family
    Gail and Jack Klapper

  • Hyde Park Jewelers
    Jeanne and Jerry Karnell
    MidFirst Bank
    Louann and Micky Miller
    Julie and Brent Morse
    Kami and Neil Pomerantz
    Trina and Scott Reisch
    Marcia and Dick Robinson
    /Susan and Eddie Robinson
    Suzie Robinson

Champions for the J

  • $50,000+

    Wendy and Ed Nekritz


    Kathy Neustadt
    Zeff Kesher Foundation


    Rich and Lisa Cohn
    Goodspeed Merrill
    Toni and Mike Kboudi
    Karen and Steven Leaffer
    Nancy Reichman and Charlie Gwirtsman
    Strear Family Foundation

  • $10,000

    Elise and Brian Barish
    Elaine Gantz Berman and Stephen Berman/Jack and Sarita Gantz Foundation
    Goldie and Joel Cohen
    Daniel Gralla
    Kendra and Jason Harrison
    Kathy and Rob Klugman
    The Lusher, McQuade and Curtiss-Lusher Families
    Vicki Trachten Schwartz and Robert Schwartz