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May/June 2009

In the Loup A Publication of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center and the Mizel Arts & Culture Center

Great Summer Specials at the JCC

POOL OPENS MAY 9 macc at the jcc

350 South Dahlia Street • Denver, CO 80246 • (303) 399-2660 • •

In the Loup volume 2, issue 3

May/June 2009

In the Loup is a bimonthly publication of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center and the Mizel Arts & Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246.

JCC Board of Directors Gary Wagner, President Kathy Neustadt Hankin, Immediate Past President Jim Kurtz-Phelan, Vice President, Governance Lary Weintraub, Vice President, Development Gary Yourtz, Vice President, Sports & Fitness Ken Glickstein, Treasurer Sol Leftin, Assistant Treasurer Lola Farber Grueskin, Secretary Scott Robinson, Assistant Secretary Elise Barish Rob Baumgarten Ellen Beller Dr.Steve Berman Rich Cohn Gay Curtiss-Lusher David Eisner Rabbi Bernard Gerson Paul Gillis Sarah Goldblatt

Kathy Klugman Jennifer Dinn Korman Alissa Merage Nancy Naiman Kaufman Doug Pluss Scott Reisch Dan Seff Debbie Shmerling Rebecca Weiss Sandy Wolf-Yearick

Lifetime Board Members Warren Cohen Gerald Gray

Robert E. Loup Robyn Loup

MACC Board of Directors Ellen Beller, Chair Vicki Dansky Evan Dechtman Sharon Haber Marcia Karshmer Robyn Loup Dana Melmed Friedman Betsy Mordecai Heyman

Charlie Miller Joyce Oberfeld Jeffrey Reiss Steve Stark Carol Wagner Lary Weintraub

Staff Stuart E. Raynor, Executive Director Michael Rudnick, Assistant Executive Director

In the Loup Janice Silver, Marketing Director Jeff Bee, Creative Director Rebecca Friedlander, Editor Lisa Korsen, Features Jeffrey Hoffman, Graphic Designer Michelle Norton, Online Publications


From the Director

From the Director Summer is around the corner and if you have kids, they are looking forward to long, sunny days of play and you are looking for activities to fill those days.

for one of our adult art classes (p. 4). Or if the study of Jewish spirituality interests you, come to the Kabbalah Experience’s introductory class (p. 13).

Come summer, you will find the JCC and MACC alive with activity. Staff more than triples to help with camps and classes. Every space is filled with projects and games. Laughter and song ripple throughout the hallways while the smell of sunscreen trails kids heading to the outdoor pool.

In an effort to keep up with the changing ways people stay in touch, the JCC and MACC have joined Facebook and Twitter. Read about how you can become our “friend” or follow our “tweet” on pages 6–7.

If economizing this summer compels you to plan a “staycation,” the JCC and MACC can provide new and fun things to do in town. There is no shortage of experiences for all members of the family. Join us for our new “Dive-in” movie events where the whole family can escape the summer heat and enjoy a G-rated movie while floating in the pool. Or stop by our Third Annual Water Festival for a day of games, food, give-a-ways, music and more. Our outdoor tennis season is in full swing offering tennis tournaments, late night junior’s tennis-thon, lessons and court time. Read about these activities on pages 8–11. Seniors can sign up for three different day trips including a trip to the picturesque Echo Lake. These trips, featured on page 3, provide a chance to take in colorful Colorado at its best. Closer to home, we invite you to enjoy our newly renovated senior lounge which offers a computer, big screen TV and a free book exchange program. If you’re looking for something indoors, check out the Wolf Theatre Academy’s three live mainstage shows. Those inspired by visual arts, can keep busy by signing up

Also in this issue – the JCC is going green! We plan to save paper by reducing the In the Loup publication dates to quarterly, beginning with our next July-Sept. issue. Look for more eco-friendly updates via email in our weekly E-loup. Read about our efforts to do our part in cherishing our earth on page 14. Lastly, be sure to mark your calendars for MACC’s upcoming JAAMM Fest, Nov. 1–15. This festival’s second year promises world-class music, renowned authors, an array of movies and even a well-known comedian. The buzz on this year’s music is on page 12. Don’t forget that while we do have wonderful camps and classes for your kids, the JCC and MACC offer so much more for the entire family. Dive into the JCC and MACC this summer. See you In the Loup! L’Shalom,

Stuart E. Raynor Executive Director

Around the JCC In the Loup Goes Quarterly In the Loup is switching to a quarterly publication cycle beginning with July/ August/September and October/November/ December issues. In 2009, four issues (instead of six) per year will arrive in member mailboxes. Despite the change in issue number, readers can still expect the same magazine format, including all of the regular departments and special features. Similar to many other facilities, we wish to conserve resources, protect our earth and minimize waste. But don’t worry you can still stay “In the Loup” by reading your weekly “E-loup” newsletter sent directly to your email inbox.

Celebrate Family! The popular event that celebrates children and their families returns to the JCC on Sunday, May 3, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. This free outdoor event offers exhibitors, live entertainment, creative arts, play areas, a nursing and baby changing area, train rides, food and much more. Nominal fees are charged for some of the festival attractions, such as rides and refreshments. Rain locale: inside the JCC. Free parking within walking distance is available at the old Cub Foods parking lot at the intersection of Dahlia and Leetsdale. Questions? Call (303) 316-6336.

ECC Teacher Appreciation Celebration The Parent’s Volunteer Association (PVA) staff appreciation committee has again organized a fantastic end-of-year event to thank teachers for their hard work. Held outdoors at the at the Crawford Hill Mansion from 7–9 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, this adults-only celebration includes champagne and a delicious array of desserts, live jazz, an audio visual presentation, and additional surprises. Parents, be sure to look for your invitations and ticket information after

spring break. In the meantime, keep an eye out for two fundraisers that support this appreciation party. Questions? Contact Jill at

Inside this issue: From the Director

Camper Later Night Campers entering Kindergarten through grade six are invited to stay late (4–7:30 p.m.) and enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, Wii Cube (age-appropriate) and much more on the last Wednesday of each session (June 17, July 8 and July 29). Cost: $25/camper; $20/each individual sibling (must be entering K-6 grade; siblings do not need to be enrolled in JCC/MACC). Dinner is included in the price. Contact Audra, camp coordinator, to register.

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Senior Trips

Going Green


Film Festival


Seniors can look forward to seeing scenic Colorado at its best and take in some local culture thanks to three different day trips scheduled for this season! On Wednesday, May 27, a horticulturalist offers insight during a private tour of the Denver City Greenhouse and outdoor flower beds. Take part in the Boulder Jewish Festival on Sunday, June 7, an annual event hosted by the Boulder JCC. Enjoy the great outdoors on Thursday, June 25 with a scenic drive to Echo Lake, which is nestled at the base of Mt. Evans. This outing includes lunch and free time in Evergreen before returning home. Cost for each trip, which includes transportation, is $16/individual; please contact Lil at (303) 316-6359 for registration deadlines and schedule information.



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Summer Sports


JAAMM Festival


Kabbalah Experience

Community Page Inside Buzz Theatre







Hours & Facility Directory In Brief Gifts




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Around the MACC tering the thrown form, Todd’s work can be very gestural, sometimes pushing the functional object into more sculptural exploration.

Summer 2009 Adult Art Classes MACC’s summer art program for kids is so popular its sometimes easy to forget we have an active adult art program that runs yearround and continues through the summer. This year we have some very special opportunities for adults looking to explore their creativity.

Handbuilding June 3—Aug. 12 Wednesdays, 6:30—9:30 p.m. $209/11 weeks Frankel Clay Studio Instructor: Vicky Smith

Introduction to Oil Painting: Still Life Aug. 3—Sept. 14 Mondays, 6:30—9:30 p.m. $85/6 weeks Greinetz Art Studio Instructor: Jordan Wolfson Ever wanted to learn how to paint that stuff you’re looking at? Here is a ten-week course designed to introduce students to the techniques and materials of oil painting. Through working from observation with still-life objects, students are exposed to questions of color. We develop our drawing skills in order to set down a strong foundation of form. Individual attention is given to each student and no prior experience is necessary. Students receive a supply list when they register. About the Instructor: Artist Jordan Wolfson is new to the Denver community but not new to the world of art. With an MFA in painting from Yale, Jordan is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland. He returned to the United States in 2002, after living abroad for ten years. He exhibits with DFN Gallery in Manhattan,


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Jordan Wolfson, Still-Life Under Table VI, 2004, oil on linen, 25"x28"

Rosthschild Fine Art in Tel Aviv, and Artspace in Jerusalem. This summer he is offering a class called Introduction to Oil Painting: Still Life on Monday evenings from 6:30—9:30 p.m.

Adult Clay Classes

Longtime pottery studio manager and teacher, Vicky Smith, will work with students interested in working on handbuilding and sculptural pieces. Vicky is a talented artist and teacher whose students are always exploring new ideas. This summer’s focus is on textured surfaces and glazing techniques. For all classes, you can register on-line at, or visit the box office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions? Call (303) 316-6360.

For those who prefer to work three dimensionally, we have clay classes on Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening.

Wheel Throwing June 2—Aug. 11 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. $209/11 weeks Frankel Clay Studio Instructors: Barry Kryzwicki and Todd Redmond This summer your tuition will get you two fabulous instructors. Focusing on wheel throwing skills, the session begins with Barry Kryzwicki who combines his excellent wheel throwing skills with extensive knowledge of ceramic history. Todd Redmond takes over the second part of the session, bringing a slightly different perspective to work on the wheel. Often al-

Vicky Smith, Jack’s World, ceramic

Art Exhibit of MACC Artists In conjunction with the Gilmore Art Center, MACC is proud to present an art exhibit, ART 2009, featuring the MACC adult artist’s work of paintings and drawings. Please join us at the opening reception Sunday, May 3, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The works featured are the paintings and drawings from students of long time MACC art teacher Toby Meyer. “I encourage my students to explore their individual creativity and I stress innovation in the artistic process. The result is the wide range of styles and media you will encounter at the show. The level of work is extremely professional and innovative.” says Meyer. The art work ranges from representational to surreal to abstract art, in a multitude of media.

Art 2009 May 3 through May 27 Gilmore Art Center 2119 Curtis St., Denver, CO, 80205

Ancient Harmony, 2008,Watercolor, 14 x 26"

Currently showing in the Singer Gallery through the end of May is the curious exhibit of postman-turned-artist Paul Gillis. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.

An economical way to beat the heat and have some fun; these lively shows promise to entertain. Call the MACC box office at (303) 316-6360 for show times or to purchase tickets.

Life is All Right in America Singer Gallery: Longtime Board Member Related to Famous Artist When Gallery Director, Simon Zalkind, brought in the beautiful artwork of Ary Stillman he had no clue that one of the JCC’s board members would discover she was related to the Russian-born American artist. In reading about the artist, Lola Farber Grueskin realized her husband Mark’s great-grandfather was Stillman’s cousin, Max Brodsky – the very cousin who had taken Stillman under his wing and given him a place to live and create his masterpieces. A painting by Stillman of Max, Mark’s namesake, hung in his office for years and the couple is still in possession of the painting today.“Thank you so very much for bringing the Ary Stillman exhibition to Denver. I don’t think that we would ever have discovered the connection to our family in any other way. It is also wonderful to see more of his work in person,” says Farber Grueskin. Who knew the Singer Gallery’s January exhibit would connect with its viewers on such a personal level?

So goes the famous lyric taken from momentous musical West Side Story. And it’s all right at the MACC! Who can complain about a summer with three amazing live performances for just $30? Once again the Wolf Theatre Academy students return for a summer chock-full of your favorite shows. Leading off the summer is the whimsical Disney favorite, Beauty and the Beast. Slated as “the most beautiful love story ever told,” Beauty and the Beast is the story of a beast (really a prince) who must earn the love of a peasant girl or risk living in his animal state alone forever. In the second summer slot WTA presents the Shakespeare story As You Like It. This classic tale explores the complexities of life and love and features some of Shakespeare’s most vibrant characters. West Side Story closes out the spectacular summer lineup. A modern chronicle of Romeo and Juliet in America, this landmark musical is one of the most innovative and relevant musical dramas of our time.

NEW! Classes added for young art students. Latin American Clay Inspirations August 3—7, M-F, 9 a.m.-12 noon Grades 3—6 Instructor: Vicky Smith Panoramas and More August 3—7, M-F, 1—4 p.m. Grades 1-3 Instructor: Robin Furuta

Vases August 10—14, M-F, 9 a.m.-12 noon Grades 3—6 Instructor: Robin Furuta For more info: or (303) 316-6360

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You Have 1 New Friend Request!

Want an easier way to stay “In the Loup” with happenings at the JCC and MACC? Now you can be our friend or follow our “tweet.”

No doubt you’ve heard the buzz about Facebook or have had several email invitations to join the site. The phenomenon of Facebook is rapidly sweeping the nation. The social networking website offers a fun and easy way to stay in touch with your “friends,” send invitations to events and communicate information through messages or postings.

penings at camp throughout the whole year as well as the summer. Check the Camp Shai page for updates on things such as theme days, schedule changes and camp reminders.

Sports and JCC Maccabi also have a Facebook page through Jess Slosberg. “In the future, I am hoping it will be a way to communicate with participants from all programs like adult and youth basketball – so that everyone can get updated information about programming,” says Jess. Join Jess and JCC Maccabi on Facebook by searching her name.

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There are currently 70 members of the Wolf Theatre Academy (WTA) page. Members of this page have the advantage of finding out about auditions, classes and shows first. They can also stay up to date on classes that are close to being full or shows that are sold out. The WTA page also plans to post photos and videos from past and current shows for members to share with their friends and family.

Want updates sent directly to your email or cell phone? Follow our “tweet” and receive short concise updates regarding camp, classes or preschool. Twitter is a way to stay connected, a way to hear that “Hey! Camp Shai drop off has moved to the lower parking lot!” or “Be sure to sign up for As You Like It – there’s only two spots left!”

Camp Shai’s Facebook page aims to keep parents and campers in touch and aware of hap-

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“Tweet” for short last minute updates sent directly to your cell or email.

Here’s how: Create your Facebook page by going to – it’s free. Once you’ve joined, search “Wolf Theatre Academy” or “Camp Shai” and click “join group.” It’s that easy.

Start by going to and clicking "Join the Conversation." To Follow Online: Search on Twitter for “JCCDenver” for general JCC announcements, “CampCentral” for JCC camp and MACC class updates, and “JCCECC” for ECC reminders. To follow on your phone: Text “follow JCCDenver” to 40404 with your mobile for JCC announcements and “follow CampCentral” for JCC camp and MACC class updates. Text “follow JCCECC” to get ECC reminders.

25 Random Things About the JCC and MACC 1. The JCC changes more light bulbs in a week than most households change in a year. 2. Over 1,000 volunteers and 600 host families are needed for the 2010 Denver JCC Maccabi Games® (sign up now!). 3. Camp Shai creates more than 1,000 tie-dyed shirts each summer. 4. During his acting career Steve Wilson, MACC’s executive artistic director and resident Shakespeare authority, played Puck, Bottom, Oberon and Lysander in six different productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Brutus in Julius Caesar; Polonius in Hamlet; Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew and Pippin in Pippin (among others). 5. 150 Volunteers of America (VOA) lunches are served to seniors each week. 6. $12,000 was raised by 55 players during the 4th Annual JCC Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament last year and Bob Loup (yes, THAT Robert E. Loup) was the winner. 7. The JCC Sports & Fitness Center is the only gym in town with a Shvitz. 8. Massage services are available in the Sports & Fitness Center. We offer Deep Tissue, Swedish, Shiatsu, Relaxation massage and more!

9. Michael Friedman, Director of JAAMM Festival and well regarded bass player, has performed at Red Rocks on two occasions.

17. The JCC Tennis courts close at 12 a.m. four nights a week in order to accommodate late night tennis buffs.

10. Families with babies between the ages 0—6 months can sign up for a Warm Welcome Visit through Shalom Family and receive a FREE oneyear membership to the JCC. Call Jill Katchen at (303)316-6336 for info.

18. You can play bridge, mah jongg or poker games almost every day at the JCC for only 50 cents – spending time with friends – priceless.

11. Our JCC Ranch Camp equestrian program is known to be the one the best of its kind in a Jewish residential summer camp setting. Even more exciting, the camp co-directors, Gilad and Miriam Shwartz, met in 2001 while running the equestrian program and are now married. 12. Denver 2010 JCC Maccabi Games® will be the single largest Jewish event in Denver’s history. 13. MACC Ceramic classes use over 2 tons of clay annually. 14. 5,200 lbs. of sand was added to the playgrounds for ECC children to dig in, pour, and interact with friends 15. The JCC Sports & Fitness Center offers 81 complimentary group exercise and aquatic classes per week.

19. Camp Shai orders 800 T-shirts and 700 water bottles each summer. 20. Dan Marks was the first JCC Maccabi Team Denver athlete to bring home a medal in Tennis from the 2006 Vancouver games. 21. The JCC is one of very few community centers to house a world-class Pilates studio. 22. MACC brings in over 20 highly skilled and experienced art and theatre teachers for its classes each summer. 23. About 1,300 pizzas are consumed at the ECC every year – Kosher, of course. 24. This year’s JAAMM Festival offers five music events, ten author lectures, three movies and one comedian. 25. The Robert E. Loup JCC has been serving the Denver community for over 80 years.

16. The Goldstein Indoor Pool, open all year round, holds 77,418 gallons of water and is kept at 84 degrees.

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Summer Fun for All Ages at the JCC Begins Now! Seasonal membership deals, MAT, tennis tournaments, swim team, open houses, a Water Festival, Tennis-Thon and other special events — the JCC offers a summer packed with athletic opportunities!

Sea Stars Swim Team

Dive-in Movies at the JCC You’ve heard of drive-in movies, but how about “Dive-in” movies? Come check out the coolest place to see movies in Denver this summer! Gather the family, put on your suits and bring your noodles to watch a G-rated film while floating in the Goldstein indoor pool. Snacks will be available for purchase. Parents, please note that an adult must accompany children to this event. Sign up in advance is required; please contact Rachel, the aquatics director at to register. All JCC members are invited to Dive-in Movie nights. Family and individual rates are available and S&F members enjoy a discount. Dive-in Movie night will occur once a month on a Saturday night from 6:30–9 p.m.; flyers with specific dates will be available soon, or you may listen to details on the aquatics hotline (303) 316-6444.

Kids between the ages of six and seventeen can meet new friends and get in great shape while enjoying fun competition against other teams as members of the Sea Stars Swim Team. Swimmers improve rapidly with coached practices throughout the summer. Sign-ups for the season are already available online at; check under the “aquatics” tab. Members who want to learn more about the team before registering are welcome to attend the mandatory team meeting on Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. in the Perlmutter Room. Parents will receive swim meet information packets while kids get to meet their coaches, Nicole Vaiana and Jeremy Allison, and their teammates. Practices, held in the Chotin Family Outdoor Pool, begin on June 8; the season includes two home meets and concludes on Aug. 6. Swimmers choose between a Monday & Wednesday, 7–8 a.m. or Tuesday & Thursday, 7–8 p.m. practice schedule. Cost: $180/JCC; $140/S&F (does not include uniforms). For complete details, call (303) 3166444 #3 or email

New! Aquatics Concepts Aquatics director Rachel Brown went to the Peninsula JCC in Foster City, CA this past spring to learn about the Aquatics Concepts model of instruction. Aquatic Concepts believes in teaching children not only swim, but to enjoy the water environment as


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they steadily progress in stroke technique development. Since Rachel’s return from California, JCC swim instructors have been preparing for summer lessons by training in specific teaching progressions, acquiring a basic understanding of early childhood development, and learning how to apply standard teaching methods such as “children learn best through repetition and consistency” and “recognizing achievement and celebrating successes are important to children’s self esteem and development.” JCC swim instructors have also been studying how to keep group lessons moving along and how to offer each child individual instruction during a group lesson. The new Aquatic Concepts paradigm will be in place for summer lessons; sign up to receive the highest quality swim lesson instruction within small classes this season!

Private Swim Lesson Discount Brush up on those strokes this season while saving money — the aquatics department is offering a private lesson package special for the summer: buy 10 lessons, get one free. This package rate may be applied to members of any age, children and adults alike. Swimmers may choose between the indoor and outdoor pools for their lesson locale as well as select the day and time that suits their schedule best. Sign up with a buddy and receive a lower rate! Call the aquatics hotline (303) 316-6444 to sign up, or do so by emailing

Outdoor Season Begins May 1 Come celebrate the beginning of a second season of new outdoor courts at the Open House on Sunday, May 17. Members are invited to gather on the outdoor courts from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and enjoy free court time, drills, racquet demonstrations, snacks and more! Questions? Call Chris Croxton at (303) 316-6380.

Third Annual Water Festival All JCC members are invited to come meet the lifeguard and swim staff at the event that jump-starts a safe summer of fun at the pool. JCC members of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of games, food, activities, give-aways, great deals on summer memberships, music, prizes, life guard demonstrations and special Aquafit classes! You can even drop by and find out what level your child should be enrolled in for swim lessons. Need more information? Call (303) 316-6444. This FREE event is scheduled for Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

More of Your Favorite Swim Programs Great news! Arthritis classes are now available five days a week at noon. And, after hosting an Arthritis Foundation certification course this past March, the number of instructors to teach at the JCC has doubled. Class punch-cards are available at the S&F Center desk for $50/8 classes. ...Single-gender swim time is now available year-round in the Goldstein Indoor pool from 7:30–9 p.m. Men may swim on Thursdays; women on Monday. The pool remains screened during these sessions, with appropriate-gender guards on duty. Ladies also may take a free aquafit class during their session beginning at 7:30 p.m. This service is provided to the Jewish community for free; contact Rachel, aquatics director, at to register.

USTA League Season & Tournaments Beginning May 4, the Tennis Center will serve as host for over 15 league teams for the entire USTA league season, which concludes early July. The Center’s league teams consist of 9–12 players per with a total of 140 participants expected. League play occurs on Monday–Thursday nights at 6 p.m. Although sign-ups were due this past March, there is the possibility of adding new team members if a current registrant becomes injured during the season. Please contact Chris Croxton at (303) 316-6380 to be placed on the waiting list.

The Tennis Center is hosting two USTAsanctioned tennis tournaments this May: a JCC Adult Open Singles tournament (April 30—May 3) and a JCC Spring Junior Satellite Singles tournament (May 7—11). Although the adult tournament is in its first year, 100-150 players in 13 different divisions are expected to participate. An adult is defined as 19 years of age or older; all players must hold a valid USTA membership. Men and women will compete at the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 and within two age divisions (35 years of age and older; 50 years of age and older). The men’s tournament also offers the Open division, which is the most advanced division in the state. Entries are $30/division and are due by midnight on Friday, April 24. Matches are scheduled for 5 p.m. or later on weekdays and any time during the weekends. An annual event at the Tennis Center, the Junior Satellite Singles tournament offers five age divisions for boys and girls: 18 & under, 16 & under, 14 & under, 12 & under and 10 & under. Each year draws about 120 players. Entries are $30/division and are due by midnight on Friday, May 1. Junior matches are scheduled for 4 p.m. and later on weekdays and any time on the weekends. Please call Chris Croxton at (303) 316-6380 for more information.

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Late Night Juniors Tennis-Thon All junior player levels are welcomed on Saturday, June 20 for a night of tennis games, ping-pong, drinks, snacks, all topped off with glow-inthe-dark tennis at the end! The four hours of fun begins at 7 p.m. Juniors may start signing up for this event on Monday, June 1. Drop-ins are also welcome to sign up at the door on June 20. The cost is $25/player; money raised helps support junior programming at the Tennis Center. Please call Chris Croxton at (303) 316-6380 for more information.

Snack Shack What would summer be at the JCC without poolside refreshments? The Snack Shack opens in June once school is out for the season. Hours are: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Fridays 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. The Snack Shack is closed on Saturdays. Anticipate another terrific menu of your favorite summer fare — ice cream, fruit, hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and packaged snacks.

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Our outdoor pool will be open May 9 through October 11

Special summer 3 or 4-month memberships for as low as $299 Tennis for only $150 for five months! Join now and receive our special gift! Contact Membership: (303) 316-6308 or Robert E. Loup JCC • 350 South Dahlia Street • Denver, CO 80246 • Cannot be combined with any other offer. New members only.


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Introducing Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) MAT Intern Laura Miles is offering complimentary sessions at the JCC while she finishes her MAT internship. Curious about MAT? Laura shared the following information with In the Loup.

What is MAT? Muscle tightness as a form of protection in the body. Weak or inhibited muscles can create the need for other muscles to tighten up in order to help stabilize the joints. MAT gets to the root of pain or injury by addressing muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness. This helps to restore normal body alignment, thereby, decreasing pain and reducing the risk of injury.

History of MAT

Members suffering from chronic pain can get checked out for free thanks to our MAT intern.

American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals (AAHFRP).

Greg Roskopf is the founder of MAT and deLaura has been in the fitness industry for 20 veloped a unique approach for systematically years working as a personal trainer and group identifying and treating muscular imbalances exercise instructor. Last year, her passion for through noninvasive manual therapy. Behelping people brought her to Denver to encause MAT is bio-mechanically based and deroll in Greg Roskopf’s MAT program. As she signed to treat anyone affected with muscle continues to progress through this compreweakness (and its associated pain) regardless hensive program, of the cause, the MAT Laura will be providing treatment practices are MAT gets to the root of pain complimentary MAT gaining recognition sessions to JCC memor injury by addressing throughout all facets of bers. This is a great opmuscle weakness rather the sports, health and portunity for us to fitness industries. Greg than muscle tightness provide an amazing works as a biomechaniservice to you—at no cal specialist for the charge—and help Laura accumulate hours Denver Broncos, and has been a consultant for graduation this summer. for the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets.

MAT at the JCC Sports & Fitness Center

What to Expect in a MAT Session

Laura has a B.A. in Anatomy & Physiology and holds the following certifications: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor (HFI); National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)—Optimum Performance Training (OPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES); National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), and post-rehabilitation Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) from the

Laura will discuss any concerns you have with pain in your body. She’ll conduct a range of motion evaluation, test your muscles then treat the weak muscles with manual therapy. Appointments last no longer than 45 minutes. Wear soft athletic clothes — no street clothing or jeans. To learn more about MAT or to schedule an appointment, please contact Laura Miles at or call (303) 316-6308.

You’re Invited! Open House You’re Invited! Sunday, June 28, 9 a.m.— 4 p.m. The S&F Center opens its doors to guests to sample the best of the Center for free! There’s something for everyone in the entire family to try: Water Babies, Mat Pilates, Intro to Spinning, Power Toning, Combo X-Train and Fitball Workout classes as well as Swim Stroke Analysis, Pilates assessments, stretch clinics, small group personal training and much more. All activities are complimentary but reservations are required. Contact the membership department at (303) 316-6308 or for a complete list of activities and availability. Don’t delay as space is limited! Complimentary child care and refreshments are available throughout the day.

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The JCC: In Concert Special JAAMM Festival Music Report


won’t want to miss this visually stunning and inspirational show.

Next on the JAAMM Fest line-up, Zalmen Mlotek, an authority on Yiddish folk and 2nd Annual J A A M M F E S T theater music, will Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music Festival present “100 years of November 1 — 15, 2009 • Jewish Theatre Music: From Shtetl to the In its inaugural year, 2008, MACC’s JAAMM Klezmer Revival.” This performance/lecture Fest (the Festival of Jewish Arts, Authors, combines piano, song and film clips with Movies & Music) set the standard by picking renditions of Fiddler on the Roof, Klezmer world class, highly renowned musical acts of music and even a Yiddish-English version the highest caliber. With the continued supof Gilbert and Sullivan. After the concert, port of the Rose Community Foundation, stay and chat with Mlotek while enjoying JAAMM Fest 2009 plans to build on its initial coffee and cake. success. “We wanted to have music that appeals to all ages,” offered newly appointed Kids will love the Juno award winning stars JAAMM Fest director, Michael Friedman. of TV and stage, Judy and David, also “The variety of musical genres we picked last known as “Canada’s Sing-Along Superstars.” year was such a hit that we thought we’d conAcclaimed for their ability to engage a young tinue to expand our scope.” From Israeli pop audience’s active involvement, Judy and music to Yiddish folk and theatre music to David are now among the most successful children’s sing-along, jazz and classical; children’s entertainers in North America. Be JAAMM Fest 2009 travels through a myriad sure to bring your kids, ages 3 and up, to see of geographies and genres. what Billboard Magazine claims is “Hands down, the freshest, most inventive children’s As our headliner, JAAMM Fest is proud to music duo working today.” announce The Idan Raichel Project. Offering an enchanting blend of African, Latin Get a taste of local talent with violinist Yumi American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern Hwang-Williams and pianist Dror Biran. In sounds, The Idan Raichel Project is Israel’s addition to being concertmaster of the Colhottest world-beat band. With its unexorado Symphony Orchestra, Yumi Hwangpected message of love and tolerance during Williams has performed as a soloist in recitals some of the most tumultuous times in the with artists such as Gary Graffman, Ida country, The Idan Raichel Project has Kavafian, Christopher O’Riley, John Kimura quickly changed the face of Israeli popular Parker and Dennis Russell Davies. Accompamusic by bringing together the voices of nied by the talented young Israeli pianist young and old, Ethiopian and Yemenite and Dror Biran this program will include works uniting young audiences everywhere. You by Bloch, Copeland and Gershwin.


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This year’s jazz offering features established bandleader and prolific composer, Israeliborn jazz saxophonist, Anat Cohen. Trained on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet, Anat’s style varies from modern and traditional jazz to classical music to Brazilian choro, Argentine tango and Afro-Cuban styles. If you love jazz you’re sure to love the thrilling highs and lows of this adventurous performer. If you follow a lot of musical genres or are just looking for an entertaining evening of music, JAAMM Fest 2009 will hit the right notes. Be sure to save the dates and look for details on

The Idan Raichel Project Nov. 5, 2009, 8 p.m. Gates Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $20— $45 Look for details at

Experience Kabbalah Beginning in September, JCC members are invited to sign up for classes at the JCC with our new partner organization, Kabbalah Experience

in our life. The class on Space incorporates the Tree of Life map, a core teaching of the medieval Kabbalah, which is seen as the spiritual DNA of creation. The class on Time explores our ability to live in the present moment.

You may have heard of Kabbalah via popular culture because celebrities like Madonna and Ashton Kutcher claim to be adherents. But The classes are open to anyone seeking furthis two thousand ther knowledge on year old study of the purpose of life The name Kabbalah Experience the wisdom of anand offer discuscient Jewish Mystision questions to came about because people would cism is anything come to class and say: “I think I had help you uncover but trendy. Kabyour own personal a Kabbalah experience.” balah originated in answers. Most who Israel during the have taken the first century of the Common Era. Kabbalah course say it is thought-provoking and surfaced during medieval times in France meaningful, that they have become aware of and Spain and then returned to its roots primarily in the northern mountain town, Tzfat, in Israel. Through the Chassidic movement, Kabbalah was further developed into the practical teachings used today. Kabbalah Engage your spirit. Change your life . seeks to inspire Jewish journeys through learning Jewish spirituality.

their own unseen reality. It is in this regard that the name Kabbalah Experience came about. People would come to class and say: “I think I had a Kabbalah experience.” Both day and evening classes will be held at the JCC once a week for three semesters. Those interested in learning more about this program which seeks to “awaken your higher consciousness and unlock the infinite possibilities of life,” can attend an introduction held on the third Sunday of every month at 11 a.m. The fee for the fall course is $250; JCC members receive a 10% discount. For more information on the curriculum and classes visit or call (303)-321-7729.

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The study of Kabbalah through meditative practice is designed for anyone who has ever wondered about the meaning of life. Dr. David Sanders, executive director of the Kabbalah Experience, says the goal of the classes is “to gain deeper awareness of who you are in order to reveal your authentic essence.” Since 2003, Kabbalah Experience has offered classes that feature small groups in which questions and dialogue are used to learn the principles behind Kabbalah. Classes at the JCC will use a specific curriculum that focuses on the dimensions of reality according to soul, space and time. The class on Soul offers an introduction to how unseen reality operates in useful ways

Are you ready to challenge your thinking? To transcend the ideas that hold you? To transform your life? To Reveal your authentic self?

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. “

It’s your time to explore the possibilities of Kabbalah Experience.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Engage your spirit. Change your life.

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Going Green The latest member service? Farm-fresh organic produce delivered weekly to the JCC!

Earth-Friendly Staff Coffee Mugs Every effort, even a seemingly small one such as sipping from a reusable mug instead of using a new paper cup per serving while at work, helps cut back on landfill waste. Therefore, the JCC became a little greener this past March when JCC staff and board members received a mug made of recyclable material. Certainly, members soon will be familiar with the bright lime green mugs that sport a special logo, an image created just for the mugs by the JCC Loup design team. But don’t worry about mix-ups — staff members have already personalized their mugs by writing their names on them!

Has “eat more organic produce” sat on your to-do list for ages because it’s been tough to find a co-op that offers delivery service and order sizes that are a bit smaller and more varied than “a bushel of beets?” Well, thanks to a new collaboration with local organization Door to Door Organics, the JCC has just made going green in your diet much easier. This spring, members can sign-up with the co-op through the JCC and pick up their weekly deliveries at the Center. Door to Door Organics selection changes per week to ensure that customers receive the freshest, ripest produce and herbs from Colorado organic farmers. Customers may choose from a variety of order sizes, ranging from their “bitty” box of 4–5 fruit types and 4-5 veggie varieties up to their “large” box of 7–9 fruit types and 8–10 veggie varieties. Changing your box size week to week is permitted, which makes it easy to figure out what size suits your family best, and to plan meals for guests. Seasonally correct assortments are set by Door to Door Organics each week, but you may personalize your order further by opting for all vegetable, all fruit, or a mix of veggies and fruit. You can even specify what you don’t want in your order — no more forcing ten pounds of rutabagas on family and friends! Additional information, such as menu samples, nutrition information, recipes, games for kids and fun facts can be found on the Door to Door Organics website at: Questions about this new service may be directed to Michael Rudnick at (303) 316-6352.


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Door to Door Organics Mission Statement Our mission is to establish access of nutritious food to every resident of Colorado and beyond. We are working to expand the market for agriculture that enriches the earth and all of us which she supports. We enable people to enjoy healthy lifetyles, and we work to give our farmers the same opportunity.

Ten Reasons to Eat Organic Food 1. Avoid Chemicals 2. More Nutrients 3. Tastes Better 4. The Only Way To Avoid Gmo & Genetically Engineered Food 5. Avoid Hormones, Antibiotics And Drugs In Animal Products 6. Preserve Our Ecosystems 7. Reduce Pollution 8. Preserve Agricultural Diversity 9. Support Farming Directly 10. Keep Our Children And Future Safe

9 Nights, 18 Films and 5,140 People Break Records at 13th BNY Mellon Wealth Management Denver Jewish Film Festival

Elaine Lee Audiences and festival planners alike are reeling from the stunning success of the 13th BNY Mellon Wealth Management Denver Jewish Film Festival presented by MACC. The February event, just over a week long, broke all of its annual records with 5,140 total attendees in 2009, exceeding 5,000 for the first time. At the annual Opening Night Gala, the festival celebrated its Bar Mitzvah year by awarding its youngest ever honoree, Charlie Miller, with the MACC Cultural Achievement Award.

Senesh, an American film directed by Roberta Grossman, was designated Best Documentary. Sharon Haber, Festival Chair, and Roberta Bloom, Festival Director, attribute this event’s record results to the support and teamwork of many sponsors, visiting filmmakers, audience members, volunteers, committee members and others who helped to bring the festival to fruition. By graduating to this next level of success, the 13th BNY Mellon Wealth Management Denver Jewish Film Festival certainly made this a “coming of age” year.

Cinema buffs took advantage of this unique opportunity to see Colorado premieres of both documentary and feature films. This year’s festival offered more films than any other year including The Debt, Arab Labor, Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Noodle, The Secrets and Lemon Tree — all of which were sold out.

MACC gratefully acknowledges the Friends of the Festival, Friends of Charlie Miller and donors who made the 13th BNY Mellon Wealth Management Denver Jewish Film Festival a resounding success.

Vicki Dansky, a MACC board member and volunteer on the Festival Committee, summed up the success like this: “This year’s Jewish Film Festival was filled with outstanding choices as evidenced by the crowd of over 5,000 people who attended. My daughters made fun of me because in one day I actually saw four different films.”

Film, Speaker and Festival Sponsors AEG Live Rocky Mountains Ellen Beller Elaine Gantz Berman in honor of Sarita Gantz Colorado Council on the Arts Lisa & Shell Cook Gay & Barry Curtiss-Lusher Vicki & David Dansky Margery Goldman Lynda Goldstein Jerry & Lorna Gray Howard & Hyla Greinetz Celeste & Jack Grynberg Sharon & Jeffrey Haber Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C.

This year audiences were asked to vote on the first ever Audience Choice Awards. Noodle, an Israeli film directed by Ayelet Menahemi, was named Best Feature Film and Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah

Title Sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management Grand Finale Sponsor MorEvents (Betsy & Gareth Heyman)

Marcia & Bernie Karshmer Rick Kornfeld & Julie Malek Kroenke Sports Enterprises Lu & Chris Law Joan & Van Mankowitz Micky & Louann Miller Scott Mullens Kathy Neustadt Hankin Essie Perlmutter Lisa & Jay Perlmutter Lisa & Jonathan Perlmutter Dan Recht & Elaine Selsberg Recht & Kornfeld, P.C. Gary & Barbara Reece The Reiss Family (Jeffrey, Shira, Tory & Elie) Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Susan & Jeremy Shamos The Strear Family Foundation Jorge & Francine Topelson Udi’s Handcrafted Foods Carol & Irwin Wagner

In-Kind and Media Sponsors Applejack Wine and Spirits B’nai Chavurah Boulder Weekly Colorado Public Radio Denver Film Society Denver Newspaper Agency Doug Lane – Fast Lane Productions GesherCity The Holocaust Awareness Institute Institute for Study of Israel in the Middle East Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity KUVO Radio 89.3 FM ListenUp Rosh Hodesh – It’s a Girl Thing Safeway Seeking Common Ground Staybridge Suites Temple Sinai Promotional Reel Production Starz Entertainment, LLC

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Community Page Notices from Around the Metro Area

Jewish Family Service (JFS) Jewish Family Service is proud to announce Frank Abagnale as the speaker for the fifth annual Executive Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12. The luncheon will be held at the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom, 1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., program begins at noon. Tickets are $150, sponsorship packages start at $1500. Tickets are on sale now. For information, tickets, or sponsorships, please contact Mary Linder at (303) 597-5000 x365 or Visit for more information on the event and Frank Abagnale.

JFS at Home Provides Compassionate Home Care JFS at Home, a new division of Jewish Family Service, provides compassionate support and comprehensive services to help seniors and those with chronic illnesses live safe, healthy, independent lives in their own homes. Independence, however, doesn’t mean having to do it all alone. Whether you need a little or a lot, JFS at Home can help you or your loved one. Please call Carla Weeks, JFS at Home director, at (303) 7504000 or visit for more information and a free in-home assessment.

The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives Fifteenth Annual Heritage Award Dinner The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives, Center for Judaic Studies, Penrose Library and the University of Denver cordially invite you to Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Denver’s Jewish Community. The event which takes place on Monday, May 4 at the B.M.H. Synagogue (560 S. Monaco Pkwy) honors Denver B’nai B’rith, Denver’s first Jewish organization. The


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reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner promptly at 6 p.m. (Kosher dietary laws observed). The evening includes the premiere screening of Blazing the Trails: An Early History of Denver’s Jewish Community. Honorary Dinner Co-Chairs: Geri & Meyer Saltzman; Elka & Edward Haligman. Tickets: $150/single, $300/couple, reservation deadline April 20. For more information, including sponsorship and ad opportunities, call (303) 871-3016.

Stepping Stones Join us for our 19th Annual Foster Classic at Bear Dance Golf Club on Tuesday, June 30. The Foster Classic begins at 7:30 a.m. and is played in a Shotgun Scramble format. Cost: $240/player. Breakfast will be available at 6:30 a.m., at which time the driving range will be open as well. Lunch, awards and prizes begin upon completion of the tournament. A variety of sponsorship levels exist, ranging from $10,000 to $250; please visit or contact event organizer, Kerem Szczebak, at (303) 953-2872 or for more information. All proceeds will go to the program, directly impacting Stepping Stones’ ability to continue our mission to welcome, support and educate interfaith couples and families. Please join us as a player and tournament sponsor and know that you are contributing to the future of the Jewish community.

Temple Micah Shabbat-in-the-Park offers a fresh, fun, naturally inspiring outdoor setting for Shabbat celebrations with Rabbi Adam Morris and Temple Micah congregants. Participants of all ages can enjoy prayerful moments plus picnicking and play time beneath an awesome canopy of sky and trees. Newcomers,

unaffiliated Jews and interfaith families or others hoping to get chummy with such an embracing, inclusive Reform Jewish community will encounter the friendliness repeatedly during Temple Micah's 2009 series of Friday evenings in parks. The occasions start at 6 p.m. on June 12 and continue monthly on second Fridays...July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11. Unwind from weekly challenges, greet the Sabbath, bring your own picnic supper and blanket to sprawl on if you wish. Share blessings, sing and rejuvenate with family and friends old and new. Check with the Temple Micah office for details about the outdoor sites (to be determined): (303)388-4239,

Allied Jewish Federation Yom Hatzmaut, Israel Independence Day Tailgate Party on May 31 at Herzl RMHA at the Denver Campus. Food and fun games for kids. Check for additional information at:

vent listings and announcements for Community Page are accepted on a rolling addmission, in the order of submission, on a space-available basis. This is a free service provided to the Jewish community. Generally, this page fills three months prior to print. To submit your material, or check on space availability, email



Sarah Winter

Jess Slosberg

Max Pluss

Sara Schaffer

Van Devries

Please note: this edition of the Inside Buzz was originally scheduled to appear in the March/April issue. We apologize for the delay. Longer daylight hours, warmer temperatures, budding leaves and flowers — the energy and renewal spirit of spring is here! To help out readers, the Inside Buzz decided to ask members and staff about their favorite spring cleaning tips, as well as hear good stories concerning the “weirdest thing” they’ve found during a spring-clean.

Sarah Winter, JCC child care provider

Max Pluss, S&F Center member

Van Devries, S&F Center member

“My best spring cleaning tip is: get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year. Sell it, donate it, throw it out — it doesn’t matter just as long as you get rid of it. My other tip is: use your husband as much as possible to clean out the garage. My house is very simple though, so honestly, I don’t have to do a big spring clean each year. I don’t like clutter, so I don’t have a lot to clean on a regular basis. I try to maintain an uncluttered, elegant lifestyle for this very reason.”

“I don’t clean. I prefer to sweep dust behind curtains, under the carpets, whatever. But I do organize. Well, everything that’s visible. If it’s out of plain sight, it can be a big pile of jumbled stuff, like tossing stuff into a drawer. I’m in college (Max is studying at Colorado College in Colorado Springs), so spring cleaning for me really means clearing out the place in spring at the end of the semester. You get out of class one day at noon; by the next you have to be packed up. I always find things I’ve spent months looking for during that final clean.”

“Just start cleaning something! I’ve been in maintenance all my life, so cleaning things doesn’t bother me at all. Nothing really seems that weird to me, maybe it’s because I’ve seen so many unusual things through my work. We’ve been in our house since 1991, so there’s been time to build up stuff, but I haven’t found anything really weird when cleaning. Wait a minute, after living there for several years I realized that heat wasn’t getting into the bedroom. The guy who previously owned the place finished the basement. He didn’t want ducts visible, so he took them out! I noticed it when cleaning out the basement. That’s why we don’t have heat in our bedroom today!”

Jess Slosberg, JCC sports coordinator “My best spring cleaning tip? Make sure you have a good friend with you who isn’t afraid to say ‘you haven’t worn that in years!’ or ‘you haven’t touched that, let alone used that in years!’ and ‘get rid of it!’ As for the weirdest thing I’ve found while spring cleaning, I’d have to say old school work. You look back and think ‘I turned this in? Really?!?’”

Sara Schaffer, ECC instructor “I think the secret to spring cleaning is that it isn’t so bad if you stay on top of cleaning year-round. No need for spring cleaning then. I live in my parents’ basement, so I think the weirdest thing I’ve found when cleaning is a bunch of my parents wedding gifts – dishes and things like that. They weren’t wrapped, but they were still in the original boxes after 27 years!”

The Inside Buzz features JCC members and staff and their thoughts and opinions. If you enjoy expressing your opinion and would like to see your picture on the Inside Buzz page in a future issue, contact Rebecca Friedlander at

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Eye of Newt, and Toe of Frog… A behind the scenes look at the Pluss Theatre

New Addition Our wonderful production manager (and Employee of the Year), Emily MacIntyre, is finally getting some long needed help in the form of her new full time assistant production manager, Katie Roadcap. Katie has been a part-time employee for MACC for three years, working as the stage manager and technical director at various times in the Pluss Theatre’s summer programs and the Denver Children’s Theatre. After getting her MBA in Not for Profit Management and BA in Theatre and Voice from Denver University, Katie is ecstatic to have what she calls a “real job.” Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Katie moved to New York City in 2000 to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Katie took a break from school during which time she met her husband of five years, Jason, while they worked together at Denali National Park in Alaska. Katie and her husband now live in Denver and are the proud owners of two dogs, Mini and Sarge. When Katie is not hard at work painting sets, designing light plots and mentoring children you might find her jogging 10 miles in preparation for the Colfax Marathon or teaching a local Jazzercise class.



There are many ingredients that go into making a play as the MACC’s new assistant production manager, Katie Roadcap could tell you well. Currently, one of Katie’s many duties is to serve as both the technical director and stage manager for The Wolf Company Player’s production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged. This zany play is a comedy that presents the entire catalogue of William Shakespeare in a little less than two hours. The imagination of director, Kelly McAllister has taken this crazy comedy, originally slated for three actors, and expanded it into 18 different roles in which the young artists of the Wolf Company Players present, in short, everything from Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet. It’s a look at the lighter side of Shakespeare that is fast-paced, involves multiple costume changes and employs tons of creatively staged scenes in order to accommodate the vast history of Shakespeare’s written plays. After talking with Roadcap, we found that a lot work is put in behind the scenes in order to make these shows come alive. In preparation, Roadcap must read the script and then note the directions, place setting, props, lighting issues and any special effects needed. She then makes a list of what she knows she’ll need based on her initial reading. After this she collaborates with the director to find out what they may want to add or take out based on their specific vision for the show. Currently, Roadcap is working with McAllister on the aforementioned Shakespeare show but throughout the summer she works with different directors each week. “You start to learn each director’s style and how they want things done,” says Roadcap.

During rehearsals you might find Roadcap sitting with the director taking notes, working with individual students on certain parts of the show and keeping everyone, including the director, on time and on target. “It’s difficult to find a balance between the kid’s exploration into their character and keeping on task. With Shakespeare it is so integral that they find their moments…I don’t like to be the bad guy,” explains Roadcap. The Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged takes place in the MACC’s lesser known Pluss Theatre – an intimate black box theatre that seats 99, incorporates a thrust stage and has full lighting and sound capabilities. The Pluss Theatre is also home to summer’s 11 one-week Dramatic Performance Workshops for students entering grades 3–6. Each one-week workshop starts on a Monday, rehearses throughout the week and culminates in a fully mounted

mini-play that the students proudly present to their parents the following Sunday. For the summer shows Roadcap must pull props, find costumes, paint the set, and focus lights in addition to working with the kids as needed by the director. During this time she also stays busy mentoring an intern. The Pluss technical internship, a newer program she helped establish, allows teens to have a one on one chance to learn set design, tech aspects and creativity behind the scenes. Amazingly, her program is already filled. Eleven shows are slated to run this summer in the Pluss Theatre. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sideways Stories, Peter Pan, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the ever popular Harry Potter are just a few. These dramatics workshops are one of the most unique, beneficial, learning experiences a budding thespian can have as they offer a chance to learn about everything from auditioning to being on stage to working with props to the art of costume changes all in one week. The summer dramatics workshops are ideal for students who want to do theatre but also want the option to do other summer activities such as visual arts or sports camps. They are also the perfect preparation for the MACC’s more intensive “Mainstage” summer classes which produce fully mounted shows backed by professionals with performances for the public. This year’s Mainstage shows are Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story (one of the best musi-

cals ever written according to Executive Artistic Director Steve Wilson) and of course, in traditional MACC style, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, because after all, what would a theatre academy be without Shakespeare? This spring’s production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged opens Wednesday, May 6 and closes Sunday, May 10 with a run of only four performances. Don’t miss this show – with an amazing director like Kelly McAllister and a stellar cast of MACC’s finest students, Abridged promises to be one of the funniest shows in MACC history, showcasing each student’s magnificent imagination and remarkable comedic timing. Roadcap’s job requires a lot of patience and skill in juggling multiple projects at one time but when asked what she likes best about working on these productions it’s simple. The kids. “They’re hilarious, unexpected, amazing. It’s thrilling to watch them find their characters and be so outgoing at such a young age.” To purchase tickets or find out more information on the summer Dramatics Performance Workshops and Mainstage Productions contact Juliana or Catherine at (303) 316-6360.


Starring Cat DiBella Lindsay... With the opening of Denver Children’s Theatre and start of summer class registration, MACC was anxious to fill the administrative coordinator position left open by the promotion of Juliana Guillen to administrative director. The applicants were auditioned and Catherine (Cat) DiBella Lindsey was cast! Catherine is a Denver native and who most recently worked as a Production Coordinator for Just Media. She is also a professional actress who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Wyoming, has appeared in dozens of theatrical shows and has won a Denver Post Ovation award for her part in The Women. She also plays the role of wife and mother. Catherine and her husband, David, a lawyer have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of Jack who is nine and attends Polaris @ Ebert. Jack also attended preschool at the JCC and has been a part of the summer camp programs ever since. Catherine, David and Jack love to ski together and are the “Rockband Poster Family” (with Cat starring as the drummer!). Catherine is excited to join the MACC staff as she loves working with kids. “The energy at MACC is great and it’s a joy to come to work.” With the start of summer classes and mainstage shows fast approaching you’re certain to meet Catherine shining in her new role as the face of the MACC box office.





Wednesday Breastfeeding, 6:30 p.m., (303) 316-6336


Sunday Celebrate Family!, 10 a.m.—1 p.m., (303) 316-6336 Denver Children’s Theatre presents The Golden Goose, closing show, 1 p.m., $9/adult, $8/children, students & seniors. (303) 316-6360.


Thursday: Shavuot Early Closure: S&F and Tennis Centers, 6 p.m.


Friday: Shavuot Closed: JCC & MACC


Wednesday Baby Safe, 6:30 p.m., (303) 316-6336 The Wolf Company Players present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, opening night performance, 7 p.m., $10/adult, $8/ students & seniors. (303) 316-6360



Saturday: Shavuot Closed: JCC & MACC Open: S&F and Tennis Centers


Sunday Tee Ball, various times, (303) 316-6304

Thursday Shabbat Music and Art Class, 9:30 a.m., (303) 316-6336


The Wolf Company Players present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, 7 p.m., $10/adult, $8/ students & seniors. (303) 316-6360.


Monday Camp Begins! For details, see Summer Fun Guide or call (303) 316-6383.

Sunday The Wolf Company Players present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, 2 and 7 p.m., $10/adult, $8/ students & seniors. (303) 316-6360.




Tuesday Summer pre- and camps begin, check the 2009 Summer Fun Guide for details Wheel Throwing, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Frankel Clay Studio, call (303) 316-6360.

Wednesday Baby Proofing and CPR Course, 6:30 p.m., (303) 316-6336

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Handbuilding, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Frankel Clay Studio, call (303) 316-6360.

Kabbalah Experience Introduction Class, 11 a.m., for more info call (303) 321-7729.

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Monday: Memorial Day Closed: JCC & MACC Open: S&F and Tennis Centers 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Child Care Center 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sunday 2009 Annual Water Festival, 11 a.m., (303) 316-6444

Boot Camp for New Dads & Miracles and Mayhem: The Realities of Motherhood, 6:30 p.m., (303) 316-6336


Monday Sea Stars Swim Team outdoor season begins, (303) 316-6444 #3

Youth Baseball League, various times, (303) 316-6304


Saturday MACC’s Summer Kickoff Comedy Night, Soiled Dove Underground, (303) 316-6373.

Saturday Night Out (SNO), 5:30 p.m., (303) 316-6392



Sunday Kabbalah Experience Introduction Class, 11 a.m., for more info call (303) 321-7729.


Wednesday Mainstage Musical Production: Beauty and the Beast, 7 p.m., $10/adult, $8/children, students & seniors. (303) 316-6360.

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Thursday Mainstage Musical Production: Beauty and the Beast, 1 and 7 p.m., $10/adult, $8/children, students & seniors. (303) 316-6360.


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Friday Mainstage Musical Production: Beauty and the Beast, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., $10/adult, $8/children, students & seniors. (303) 316-6360.




Mainstage Musical Production: Beauty and the Beast, 2 and 7 p.m., $10/adult, $8/children, students & seniors. (303) 316-6360.

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Rose & Robyn Loup Child Care Center Monday–Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday & Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Nursery Monday–Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Staff Directory

Tennis Center Oct. 1—April 30

Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center Camp and Youth Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6392 Child Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6301 Early Childhood Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6377 Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6354 Food Service/Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6375 Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6353 JCC Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6302 S&F Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6308 Ranch Camp Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6384 Senior Dept. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6358 Family Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6336

Sunday–Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–10:30 p.m.

Goldstein Indoor Pool General Hours* Monday–Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–5:30 p.m. Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.


Sports & Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6300 Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6380 Program Registrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6307

Staff Directory Mizel Arts & Culture Center Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6319 Box Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6360 Class Registrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6386 Education Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6319 Executive Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6363 Facility Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6386 Gallery Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6387 MACC Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6373 Administrative Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (303) 316-6362

Calendar May—June

Chotin Family Outdoor Pool Hours* Monday–Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–6:30 p.m. Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

*Detailed pool schedules are available at the S&F information board. Please note pool hours may be adjusted due to sunlight and/or weather.

MACC Hours Mizel Arts & Culture Center


Monday–Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.–5 p.m. MACC box office opens one hour before performances.

Singer Gallery

Monday–Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–4 p.m.

Ongoing Exhibit Paul Gillis: Curiouser, A Dozen Years of Painting. Singer Gallery, ongoing through May 28, for more info call (303)3166360. Additional exhibit featured at the Gilmore Art Center, 2110 Curtis Street in Downtown Denver, May 3–27 (opening reception on Sunday, May 3, 5–8 p.m.).

In Brief

News Briefs from Around the JCC

inal goal of raising $500 and then doubled it row a book). Artwork created by students by donating a total of $1,000 to the Ameriunder Toby Meyer’s expert tutelage decoJill Katchen, a third-generation Denver nacan Lung Association! After training dilirates the walls. This stock will be changed tive, joined the JCC as the new Family Progently with personal trainer Lisa Tanguma, every few months; some pieces will even be grams coordinator in February. Jill comes to Stuart successfully finished the race without available for purchase. Elka Popack, director the JCC with a background that combines a stopping. JCC member Anna Laughlin, who of the senior department, wishes to thank the CU Boulder degree in Public Relations, marcompeted last year, improved her time by 30 following people for making the new room a keting, event planning and early childhood seconds. Scott Haberman, another JCC reality: Stuart Raynor, for seeing the necesand family education. For the past four years, sity and offering encouragement; Kathy Jill has taught music to young children and Hankin and other sponsors and donors; their families at Twinkle Together/Vocal decorator Kerri McGuire for combining Motion Music Together. Jill’s professionalimpeccable taste with practicality by ism, energy, and creativity make her a choosing pieces that create a wonderful wonderful match for our department and ambience while maximizing room use; the the JCC team! Jill felt right at home since Senior Committee of Susan Jacobs, Patsy her husband Steve Brodsky often provides Shaffner, Iris Myrt Sidman and Shirley live music at JCC special events and her Gilman for their input, suggestions and sister is long-time employee Kathy Boyle. time. Certainly, the room will be in full use With two young sons, Benjamin, 8 and Ari, in May, which is National Older Ameri4, the Katchen-Brodsky family life revolves cans Month! …Hot, fresh drinks are now largely around the Jewish community, synfor sale in the JCC front lobby. Members agogue life and music! …Personal trainer Members of the JCC’s “Chai Energy” team display their hardware can purchase a cup of coffee or tea at the Sharon Crocco joined the S&F Center this after successfully completing Run the Republic this past February. front desk for just $1. Specialty items such past February. She applies many years of as lattes, cappuccinos, mochachinos and expertise and multiple certifications and member who trained with Lisa lost over 30 chai lattes are also available for $2. Service is degrees to her “I want you to thrive” training pounds and set a new personal record by offered during all regular Center hours. philosophy. Some of her specialties include three and one-half minutes. A huge kudos …SAVE THE DATE: The JCC Annual coaching adults in the areas of strength trainalso goes out to the following: Corrine Lee, Dinner is set for Thursday, Nov. 19 at the ing, cardiovascular conditioning and flexibilErin Crane, Lindsey Dale Holben (2009 top Seawall Ballroom; Scott and Trina Reisch are ity, designing exercises to improve posture, fundraiser), Megan Johnson, Pauline serving as this year’s chairs. …The Maccabi bone density and manage arthritis as well as Haberman, Staci Parmet (who initially Games will be here before you know it! To sport-specific conditioning and nutrition and thought of getting a JCC team together), help members receive up-to-date informaweight management counseling. Besides seeDerrele Layne Scott-Ricotta, and Lisa tion, a Maccabi Games kiosk has been ing Sharon at the JCC, you might catch her at Tanguma (team leader). …A grand opening stationed in the JCC main lobby. From now local corporate and community health dedication and mezuzah hanging was held until August 2010, it will serve as a place screenings and health fairs or on the move on April 21, complete with a dessert recepwhere athletes, volunteers and host families outdoors as she hike, skis and plays golf. tion, to officially open the JCC senior can gather information as well as sign up to Facility News lounge. Seniors are invited to schmooze with serve as volunteers and host families. Be sure friends and drink coffee while relaxing on to check out the Games countdown clock …The JCC Chai Energy Run the Republic comfortable chairs and couch. The room hanging in the Maccabi Games office winteam had a total of 11 participants this past also offers a computer, a large screen TV, and dow as well the next time you are passing February, ranging from executive director a growing selection of titles for the free book through the JCC main lobby! Stuart Raynor to JCC employees, members exchange program (bring a book and borand their families. The team met their orig-

Staff News


In Brief

Please note that the list below reflects donations made as of February 15, 2009. Foundations and Corporations Allied Jewish Federation BNY Mellon Wealth Management Denver Foundation Oak Tree Foundation Perlmutter Family Foundation Rose Community Foundation Strear Farms Company Inc.

Early Childhood Center Jennifer Bajaj Caron & Dirk Bird Tracey & Harry Pliskin Miriam & Alan Pomeranz Steve Sarche Jeff Sippel & Meg Ryan Sippel Joyce White & Remington White

Celebrate Family! Contributions

Do You Have Your Seat Yet?

B’s Purses Denver Firefighters Museum Impact Images Levin Orthodontics

Ranch Camp Contributions Richard Boxer Adele & Erwin Gelfand Mark Ratain & Giselle Haeimann Raitain Bette Heller Catherine & Thomas Kite Tamara Pester Peggy Price

Pia & Jonathon Abramson John Berman Virginia Dalton Billie Jo Eickhoff Lynda Goldstein Kenneth Heller Joel Judd Shere Kahn Charles Leder Edwin Richard Steven Schneiderman Beth Shanker Mr & Mrs. Martin Shore Beverly Sigman Gary Zucker

“Take A Seat”

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Senior Department Contributions Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Alexander Jacobs

Live On is about your good intentions… the impact you will have on the world when you make a gift of your assets or leave a bequest.

Scholarship Contributions Colorado Childcare Credit

The Shwayder Theatre

Cindy Rossow

In Memory of Dora Mallinoff Carol & Irwin Wagner

Leave a Jewish Legacy and keep the JCC strong for generations.

In Honor of Charlie Miller Bobbe & Dick Cook Mr. & Mrs. David Miller

In Memory of Richard Goldstein

To find out more about our Live On program or make a bequest contact Kathy Boyle at (303) 316-6302.

Carol & Irwin Wagner

Shalom Family Contributions Caron & Dirk Bird

Campaign Continues… Name a seat for your company, yourself, a friend, or a loved one • Seats are available–priced from $500 to $2,500–to suit every philanthropic budget. • Every dollar you contribute is matched, dollar for dollar, up to $200,000 by the Mizel Family Foundations. Your donation goes twice as far! • Your seat purchase is eligible for the 50% Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit.

To purchase your seat, contact Willie Recht at or call (303) 316-6361. Take a Seat. The show is about to begin.

Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit The Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit was established to promote childcare activities statewide. Because many donations to the JCC qualify for the Colorado Child Care Credit, you get back directly 50-percent of your donation in the form of a tax credit on your 2008 Colorado income tax return. In addition, you can still deduct your contribution on your state and federal returns. This credit is available until 2010. Estimates of Tax Savings* Cash Donation Colorado State Income Tax Credit Colorado State Income Tax Deduction @ 4.63% Federal Income Tax Deduction @ 35% After Tax Cost with Federal 35% Rate

$600 ($300) ($28) ($95) $177

$1,000 ($500) ($46) ($159) $295

$3,000 ($1,500) ($139) ($476) $885

$5,000 ($2,500) ($232) ($794) $1,475

$10,000 ($5,000) ($463) ($1,588) $2,949

$15,000 ($7,500) ($695) ($2,382) $4,424

$25,000 ($12,500) ($1,158) ($3,970) $7,373

* This is an example only. Please contact your tax advisor for more information.



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