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a monthly publication of the JCC Family Programs department

ECC Parent-Tot Class

Jewish Baby University

For Children 12—24 Months Mondays, 9:30—11 a.m. $127/ month Learn. Play. Grow. Explore. Children and their caregivers are invited to a weekly Parent-Tot class.Led by Family Programs Director,Melanie Gruenwald,this class is the perfect introduction to the structure and rhythm of the JCC ECC experience.

Fall 2012: Oct. 14, 22, 28 and Nov. 5 $165/couple Rose Medical Center and the JCC Designed for expectant parents, this innovative program combines childbirth education with an exploration of the Jewish traditions and rituals connected with pregnancy, birth and parenting. Instructors Rabbi Jeffrey Kaye (Judaic) and Sue Geissler (prepared childbirth), lead this program created by the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education and co-sponsored by the JCC and Rose Medical Center.Participants will also join the Boot Camp for New Dads and Miracles and Mayhem classes to discuss the anticipated post-partum experience, communication skills, parental expectations and changing identities.

Contact Fadi to register at the ECC (303) 316-6377 or contact Melanie for more information about the class (303) 316-6325.

Laura Mahony Family Photography Sunday, Sept. 23 and Monday, Sept. 24 JCC For natural and incredibly playful child,family and sibling photos, please join Family Programs as we welcome back our beloved photographer, Laura Mahony. All orders will help support JCC Family Programs. To sign up for a time slot please visit:

Sukkot Under the Stars Thursday, Oct. 4 5:30—7:30 p.m JCC Sukkah, Finer Terrace $12/adult and $8/child/JCC Members; $36 max/family (ages 2 and under free); $15/Adult and $10/child/Guests and Day of; $42 max/family (ages 2 and under free) Join the JCC Family Programs Department for a spaghetti dinner, stories and to help decorate the Sukkah! This is a great way for families to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot and spend time together after a long day of work and preschool.

JBU Plus (JBU, full series PLUS…. Breastfeeding, Baby Safe, ABC’s of Financial Planning) Thursdays, Oct. 18, 25, and Nov. 1, 6:30—9 p.m. at the JCC $250/couple The complete package: Jewish Baby University PLUS Breastfeeding, Baby Safe and the ABCs of Financial Planning.JBU and JBU Plus are eligible for a discount up to $100 off, through

Move and Learn Classes (children ages newborn—4 yrs.) Session I: Aug. 26—Oct. 19 Session II: Nov. 4—Dec. 21 A variety of classes for children and their caregivers, offered Sunday through Friday, during the daytime and afternoons/ evenings. Visit our website for updated schedule of classes at or contact Jill Katchen, or (303) 316-6336. Class offerings include: Babies (8 weeks to pre-crawling): Yoga Babies, Boogie Babies, Infant Massage/Post-Natal Yoga Younger Toddlers (Crawling—17 months): Mini Tumbling, Jammin’ Tots Older Toddlers (18 months—4 years): Kinder Kixx Soccer, Maxi Tumbling, Artistic Tots, Sticky Fingers Cooking, Jammin’ Tots Mixed age (Newborn—4 years): Rise and Shine and Mixed-Age Music Pre-School (3—5 years): Kinder Kixx Soccer, Lego Engineering with Play-Well Teknologies and Sticky Fingers Cooking

All classes and events require advance registration. Please contact Jill Katchen (303) 316-6336 or register online at

Chai Lights Sibling Prep Class Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.—Noon JCC $10/Family Moving from being an only child to a big brother or sister is a BIG deal to you and to your child.Please join us for a morning of activities, making gifts for the new baby and big brother/sister and learning a bit of ‘what to expect’ when the new baby comes home. Facilitated by Family Therapist, Amy Topelson, MA, MA, NCC. To pre-register for all classes and events please register at, or contact Jill Katchen, Family Programs Coordinator, at (303) 316-6336 or

JCC, Hazon and CAJE Present… Living the Seasons: Jewish Families in Nature Developed for families with children ages 5–12 of all Jewish backgrounds and experiences, this new series allows families to connect to each other, the Denver Jewish community, and to nature through Jewish tradition and values. Educators will facilitate families experiencing natures through a Jewish lens as we move through a cycle of the seasons. All families will receive a copy of Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail by Matt Biers-Ariel,Deborah Newbrun and Michal Fox Smart. This book will serve as the guidepost to the series.

The series is comprised of four events:

Not-to-be-Missed Family-Oriented JAAMM Events For Preschoolers through Young-at-Heart Adults Sammy Spider Illustrator, Katherine Janus Kahn Sunday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. Phillips Social Hall, JCC; FREE but reservations required at (303) 316-6360 AND Sunday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m. JCC South, 9625 E. Arapahoe Rd. Greenwood Village, CO, 80111 (NW corner of Arapahoe and Dayton); FREE but reservations required at (303) 316-6360 Celebrate the colorful work of Katherine Janus Kahn, illustrator of the acclaimed Sammy Spider Series. Katherine will delight young children as she introduces Jewish culture and traditions told by Sammy, a curious spider. Join us for fun activities you won’t want to miss. Sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Heller, Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Tinter & the Early Childhood Center at the JCC

Moms Night Out with Award Winning Author of Rashi’s Daughters Monday, Oct. 22 6 p.m.; Lecture at 7 p.m. JCC Phillips Social Hall Wine and cheese reception; $18 for reception and lecture; $8 for lecture only Maggie Anton Join us for a pre-ception with Maggie Anton, author of Rav Hisda’s Daughter, a novel of love, the Talmud and sorcery. Rav Hisda’s Daughter brings the world of the Talmud to life – from a woman’s perspective. In-kind sponsor CAJE Adult Education/Melton

Harvest Program Sept. 23, 2012, 1 p.m.

Tu B’Shevat Havdalah Program Jan. 26, 2013, 5:30—7:30 p.m.

Spring Garden Experience May 5, 2013, 1 p.m.

Family Camp at JCC Ranch Camp Aug. 9—11, 2013 To register or for more information, contact Melanie Gruenwald at or visit us online at

FALL 2012

African Rhythms & Jewish Tradition Rabbi Gershom Sizomu in Concert Sunday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m. The Elaine Wolf Theatre, MACC Orchestra $18 Rabbi Gershom,leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda,performs original Abayudaya Jewish songs and traditional Jewish liturgy set to African rhythms and melodies. Families are encouraged to attend this concert. Presented by MACC in collaboration with Hebrew Educational Alliance

Chai Lights SHALOM BABY MOVE & LEARN CLASSES Session I: Aug. 26 – Oct. 17, 2012 Session II: Nov. 4 – Dec. 21, 2012 Sunday

Babies 8 weeks— pre-crawling

Toddlers Crawling—17 months

Toddlers 18 months—3 years

Mixed-Age Newborn—4 years




Yoga Babies (6—12 mo.) 11 a.m.—11:45 a.m.

Mini Tumbling 10 a.m.—10:45 a.m.


Infant Massage/ Post-natal Yoga 12:30 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

Boogie Babies 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Mini Tumbling 10:30—11:15 a.m. (Session II)

Kinder Kixx Soccer (2—3 yrs.) & (4—5 yrs.) 9:30—10:15 a.m. Maxi Tumbling at Robinson Park 9:30—10:15 a.m. (Session II: at JCC (Session II) Gym 10:30—11:15 a.m.)

Rise & Shine Mixed–Age Music 9:15—10 a.m.

Pre-School 3—5 years

Jammin’ Tots (Crawling—3 yrs.) 9:30—10:15 a.m.

Sticky Fingers Cooking (2–3yrs) 10—11 a.m.


LEGOS (3—5 yrs.) 3:30—4:30 p.m. (Session I)

Artistic Tots (17 mo—3 yrs.) 10—10:45 a.m. (Session I) Kinder Kixx (2—3 yrs.) 10—10:45 a.m.

Talk and Tumble 10:15—11:15 a.m. (Open play for Kids ages 6mo—5yrs) $5/child

Mixed-Age Music 10:30—11:15 a.m.

Sticky Fingers Cooking (Session II)

All session II Tumbling classes will run for 5 weeks, Nov. 11—Dec. 20

Mini Tumbling 9:30—10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Maxi Tumbling 10:30—11:15 a.m.

Artistic Tots (17 mo.—3 yrs.) 9:30—10:15 a.m. or 10:45—11:30 a.m. (Session II)


Kinder Kixx Soccer (3—5 yrs.) 3:30—4:15 p.m.

Celebrate the Years! Shalom Baby and Shalom Family are our community’s premier outreach and engagement programs for young families. Like you, hundreds of families have passed through these programs and found themselves with new friends, new attachments to the community and new skills to raise their families. These programs cost more to run than they take in, so there’s a shortfall. Rose Community Foundation helps with generous grant money, but there’s still a gap – so we turn to you, the people who understand how important these programs are and ask that you consider helping sustain them. Give back to the program that has given so much to you…. It’s child’s play to make your gift online! Shalom Baby and Shalom Family are programs that improve the quality of Jewish life in Denver. We value your generosity, your interest and your support to help us sustain these community gems that bring us together and make us part of something bigger than ourselves.

Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center 350 South Dahlia Street Denver, CO 80246-8102

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