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Chai lights


a publication of the JCC Family Programs department

L’Dor v’Dor From Generation to Generation Deborah Friedman: From a Grandmother’s Perspective

Carley Brooks: From a Mother’s Perspective

Grandparenthood is a stage in life that is miraculous and one of G-d's greatest gifts. When our daughter and son-in-law were expecting our first biological grandchild, we learned about Jewish Baby University and Shalom Family. The concept of birthing classes along with discussion about raising Jewish children was one we fully supported. What a perk that in the process new friendships – the bonding of the couples in the class and the fact that the unborn children were already a circle of friendship. The love and support among the group that we witnessed when the babies started to arrive was proof enough that JBU "delivers" on so many levels. Two more grandsons later, more classes, friendships and bonding and we started attending the Shalom Family events. What better place to be than with young Jewish families raising committed Jewish children?

I began my journey with Shalom Family the moment I registered my reluctant husband and I for Jewish Baby University when we learned that I was pregnant with our oldest son. On the first night of class, we sat there looking around the room, wondering in disbelief how we were ever supposed to make friends with the fourteen couples surrounding us. Well, it took time, and lots of births, but soon enough, many of the women and babies from the class began to get together for regular Friday morning play dates. Several of us even returned to the JCC to tote our little ones to various Move and Learn classes, including music, tumbling and even a toddler art class!

We are proud of the staff and volunteers who make this organization an icon in the community. We show our thanks and support by making annual donations to Shalom Family. As a real estate professional in Denver, I donate a percentage of my commissions to ensure continued programming and this year my husband and I are proud to be part of the Grandparents Circle of Giving. Won't you join us and donate to this worthwhile organization in honor of your beautiful grandchildren?

A Family Programs pledge form is on the inside cover of this guide. Please take a minute to consider giving a gift to support these important programs.

That room full of strangers became my life line. I learned to count on those other new mommies for advice, support, empathy, and humor. Now, four years later, most of us have had second or even third children and our needs have changed. We still rely on each other and Shalom Family programming still speaks to us. The most recent Shalom Famiy program that I attended was Mahj, Moms and Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo, where some of the alums from my JBU class and I learned to play Mahj Jongg for the first time. We have now parlayed that experience into a weekly Mahj game. The bonds that I have made with the families from that very first class are proving to stand the test of time. I count some of those other mommies among my closest friends. Even my once reluctant husband can't deny how these friendships have enriched our family's life. We wouldn't have had this support system without Shalom Family. We are grateful for all that this organization has done for us and we choose to show our gratitude by making charitable donations to Shalom Family each year so that they can continue to do for other families what they have done for us. Please join us in supporting these invaluable programs and consider making a gift to Shalom Family, your children will thank you.

CONTENTS 02—03 Pledge Form

04—05 Prenatal Classes

06—07 Move & Learn Schedule

07 Celebrations & Events





South Metro

Youth Programs

Chai lights Volume 5, Issue 2 Winter/Spring 2012 Tevet — Silvan 5772

Family Programs By making a gift to Family Programs, you are creating an entry point into the Denver Jewish community for hundreds of families each year. You are elevating their connections to other Jewish families and to their Jewish journeys, Thank you for your support.

Chailights is published three times a year by the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center

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Pledge amount ❑ $10,000 Sponsor for Celebrate Family, annual community festival for children and their families ❑ $5,000 Sponsor JAAMMFest Family Concert * ❑ $3,600 Sponsor Jewish Baby University * ❑ $2,000 Grandparents Circle * ❑ $1000 Sponsor Jewish Family University, parent education series * ❑ $500 Sponsor Holiday Celebration or Event* Please indicate which holiday: _________________________________ ❑ $180 ❑ Other: ____________________________________________________

Family Programs Family Programs Director Melanie Gruenwald, (303) 316-6325 Family Programs Coordinator Jill Katchen, (303) 316-6336 Director of South Denver Melissa Hoch, (303) 316-6318 South Denver Programs Coordinator Dani Wynn, (303) 912-5398

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Early Childhood Center (303) 316-6377

* I will pay by credit card ❑ Visa ❑ Mastercard ❑ Discover * Check enclosed (made payable to the MACC Memo: Family Programs) * Bill me later Card Holder Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Card #: _______________________________________________________ Expiration Date: _____________________________________ Signature: ____________________________________________________ JCC is a qualified 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible above the cost of service provided. A tax credit letter will be mailed to you. Thank you for your generous contribution.

PRE-REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITY New, for 2012, you can pre-register for a year’s worth of Family Programs move and learn classes and events- A great Hanukah gift! Pre-registration forms must be received by March 1, 2012, and are valid until December 31, 2012. Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City: _______________________________________________________________ State: ______________ Zip: _____________________ Phone: __________________________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________

❑ $750 Unlimited move and learn classes for one child or grandchild in 2012, plus one holiday celebration admission for your family. Please indicate name of child and birthdate: _________________ Birthdate: ________________ ❑ $360 Unlimited holiday celebrations for your family in 2012, plus one child’s Move and Learn Class tuition. Please indicate name of child and birthdate: _________________ Birthdate: ________________ Mail to: Family Programs, Robert E. Loup JCC, 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246

What’s New? The JCC South Programming Department has it’s own Location! Look for weekly Shabbat Sing, Move and Learn classes and Family Celebrations at our new South location at 9625 E. Arapahoe, Greenwood Village. Contact Dani Wynn at or Melissa Hoch at for specific programs and classes (page 12).

Learn About the JCC Early Childhood Center Ages 12 weeks—5 years

Lego Afterschool Enrichment Classes for Children 3—5 Starting in January, we will offer Lego enrichment classes on Tuesdays, for children 3–5 years old. Our experts from Play-Well Teknologies will be on hand to inspire these master builders (See page 7 for details).

Kinder Kixx Comes to the JCC You can’t start teaching soccer early enough! This new class will be geared towards teaching basic soccer skills and fundamentals to toddlers, ages 18 months–3 years (see page 7 for details).

Activities Planned for Dads and their Kids A day at the Zoo, Bowling, Building rockets... we haven’t forgotten how important you are! Almost every month from Jan.–May, the Family Programs Department will offer activities designed for dads only and for dads and their kids (please see pages 8–12 for details).

Lactation Lounge... Relax with other mommies and newborns, get support and resources on breastfeeding and find answers to other “new mom questions” with Juliet Glaser, Lactation Consultant. This program will be offered one Friday each month (see page 8 for details).

· Qualistar-rated, play-based, high quality program · Weekly gym, music and swim enrichment classes · Afternoon programs in cooking, Spanish, Hebrew, science, drama and art · Jewish values and celebrations integrated seamlessly into curriculum · Low ratios in all age groups · Flexible schedules offered including part-time to full-time programs · High quality infant and toddler program

Limited openings still available for 2012—2013 school year • (303) 316-6377

“Day at the J” It’s President’s Day and the kids are out of school. On Monday, February 20 we invite you to try out the wonderful programs offered by the JCC for kids newborn – teens! Please see page 7 for details.

WARM WELCOME Congratulations on your new baby!

Tammie C. Hand, M.D. S. Andrew Tucker, M.D. Lisa Schwartz, M.D. Daniel Miga, M.D.

Nabcy Carlson, M.D. Sharon Sagel, M.D. Jeremy Erdley, M.D. Vicki Myers, C-PNP, M.S. Delores L. Marrs, C-PNP, M.N. Patricia Connor, PA-C, M.S.

Southeast Denver Pediatrics, P.C. 2121 S. Oneida, Ste. 200 Denver, Colorado 80224-2551 303 • 757-6418 FAX 303 • 757-2209

10103 Ridge Gate Pkwy., Ste. G-21 Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 303 • 471-5060 FAX 303 • 471-5062

We know there’s so much for you to do and learn. Let us help… we offer caring support, a connection to community resources, a way to meet other new parents, and a gift basket that includes information on child development and parenting skills, books and CDs, and a complimentary JCC one-year membership. This is all delivered to you by a trained volunteer. There is no charge for this service. Call Melanie to register at (303) 316-6325.

Warm Welcome is available for Jewish babies, age six months or younger.



Shalom Baby Shalom Baby Prenatal

Baby Safe

Registration is required for all Shalom Baby and Parenting programs. Payment is due at time of program. Please contact Jill Katchen at (303) 316-6336 or register online at

Winter: Thursday, Feb. 2 Spring: Thursday, May 10 Summer: Thursday, July 26 Fall: Thursday, Nov. 1 6:30—9 p.m. JCC $45/JCC Member; $52/Guests (includes partners)

These classes are eligible for a MazelTot discount of 50% off (up to $100) for those who qualify. Visit for details.

Jewish Baby University Winter 2012: Sundays, Jan. 8 and 22, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. at Rose Medical Center Mondays, Jan. 16 and 30, 6:30—9:30 p.m. at JCC Spring 2012: Sundays, April 22 and May 6, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. at Rose Medical Center Mondays, April 23 and 30, 6:30—9:30 p.m. at JCC Summer 2012: Sundays, July 8 and 22, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. at Rose Medical Center Mondays, July 9 and 16, 6:30—9:30 p.m. at the JCC Fall 2012: Sundays, Oct. 14 and 28, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. at Rose Medical Center Mondays, Oct. 15 and 22, 6:30—9:30 p.m. at the JCC $165/couple Designed for first-time parents, this innovative program combines childbirth education with an exploration of the Jewish traditions and rituals connected with pregnancy, birth and parenting and provides an opportunity to create lasting friendships. 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. Please note: participants join the Boot Camp for New Dads and Miracles and Mayhem classes. Enrollment also includes a JCC Family Membership.

Jewish Baby University Plus $250/couple Jewish Baby University seven-week course, PLUS Breast Feeding, Baby Safe, and ABC’s of Financial Planning all in one great package with a cost savings. See class details below. Enrollment also includes a JCC Family Membership.

Breastfeeding Winter: Thursday, Jan. 26 Spring: Thursday, May 3 Summer: Thursday, July 19 Fall: Thursday, Oct. 25 6:30—9 p.m. JCC $45/JCC Member; $52/Guests (includes partners) While breastfeeding is a natural process, it is mostly a learned art. The more you know the fewer challenges you might face. After attending a class you will be aware of the obstacles that can occur in the first days and weeks and know how to handle them. Instructor Donna Brown, R.N., IBCLC discusses the advantages of breastfeeding, how breast milk is produced and how to get off to a good start. We recommend taking this class in the last trimester of pregnancy.



Join local pediatricians, Dr. Sharon Sagel and Dr. Lisa Schwartz, from Southeast Denver Pediatrics, as they prepare parents for situations that include difficulty in breathing, choking, seizures, dehydration and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). You’ll learn how to perform infant CPR, how to “baby-proof ” your home, and how to respond to burns, cuts, bruises, head injuries, high fevers and more. Instructors also provide valuable information about the issues new parents often face during the first few weeks of their baby’s life.

ABC’s of Financial Planning Winter: Thursday, Feb. 9 Spring: Thursday, May 17 Summer: Thursday, Aug. 2 Fall: Thursday, Nov. 8 6:30—9 p.m. JCC $45/JCC Member; $52/Guests (includes partners) Diapers, bottles and gear – oh my! Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have, yet also the most one of the most expensive. It can be overwhelming to understand the changes required to your saving and spending patterns to plan for the everyday costs of having a child, planning for preschool/grade school and for many parents, saving for college. It's also critical to plan for how your children will be taken care of in the event of a loss of a family member. Seth Davis is a Private Client Advisor for RMB Capital Management who has spent much of his time working with younger families. He will provide a solid overview on the financial topics you need to know about and answer any questions you may have.

Boot Camp for New Dads Winter: Monday, Jan. 30 Spring: Monday, April 23 Summer: Monday, July 9 Fall: Monday, Oct. 15 6:30—9 p.m. JCC $45/JCC Member; $52/Guests (includes partners) Join us for a lively and informative evening of discussion and hands-on learning about the many challenges and delights of first-time fatherhood led by trained instructors. This interactive class features the best advice veteran dads (along with baby) have to offer expectant fathers.

Shalom Baby Miracles and Mayhem: The Realities of Motherhood Winter: Monday, Jan. 30 Spring: Monday, April 23 Summer: Monday, July 9 Fall: Monday, Oct. 15 6:30—9 p.m. JCC Board Room $45/JCC Member; $52/Guests New mothers will find a safe and nurturing environment created by instructor Deborah Fishman, Psy.D, for discussing the challenges of coping with motherhood. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the ways in which your identity will change and how the changes will affect your relationships. This interactive class also features the experiences and advice from women who have themselves just become moms.

Pre-natal Yoga Wednesdays, 12:30—1:30 p.m. Free/S&F; $120/8 class punch card/Guest Relax, stretch, and come meet other expectant moms. Instructor, Jenny Fleming, has been teaching pre-natal/post-natal yoga for 10 years. She has been trained in Iyengar yoga and is a massage therapist and a registered nurse. This is a yoga class where expectant moms can do yoga knowing that the poses are safe and chosen specifically for their needs. Classes will now be held on an on going basis through the Sports & Fitness Center. Sports & Fitness guest may purchase a punch card at the Sports & Fitness Desk. This punch card will also include Pre-Natal AquaFit classes.

Warm Welcome Visits Congratulations on your new baby! We know there’s so much for you to do and learn. Let us help... We offer caring support, a connection to community resources, a way to meet other new parents and a gift basket that includes information on child development and parenting skills, books and CDs, and a complimentary JCC one-year membership. This is all delivered to you by a trained volunteer. There is no charge for this service. Call Melanie to register at (303) 316-6325. Warm Welcome is available for Jewish babies, age six months or younger.



Shalom Baby Move & Learn Classes January • February • March • April • May Sunday


Mini Tumbling 10:30—11:15 a.m.


ECC Parent/Tot 12—24 months 9:30—11:15 a.m.

Crawling—17 months

18 months—3 years

Mixed-Age Newborn—4 years


Tumble Bugs 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. (Session 2 only)




Kinder Kixx Soccer 10:30—11:15 a.m.

Maxi Tumbling 9:30—10:15 a.m.

Rise and Shine Mixed-Age Music 9:15—10 a.m.



Boogie Babies 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. (Session 1 only)

Jammin’Tots Jr. Crawling—14 months 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Jammin’ Tots 9:30—10:15 a.m.

Mini Tumbling 9:30—10:15 a.m.

Sticky Fingers Cooking 2—3 years 10:30—11:15 a.m.

Build It! With LEGOS® 3—5 years 4—5 p.m.

For Moms

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

Maxi Tumbling 10:30—11:15 a.m.

Artistic Tots 17—36 months 9:30—10:15 a.m.

Makin’ Music 10:30—11:15 a.m.


Makin’ Music 10:30—11:15 a.m.

Tales from The Jungle 10:30—11:15 a.m. FREE

Talk and Tumble Open Play 10:30—11:30 a.m. Pre-Natal Yoga 12:30—1:30 p.m.

MOVE & LEARN WITH ME: PARENT & CAREGIVER PARTICIPATION CLASSES All classes require pre-registration. We offer a 25% discount for families with multiples and siblings. For families who want to drop in on a Move and Learn class, they can attend for $17 (normally $13) per class, as long as that class already has the minimum number of participants needed to run the class. There are no refunds for missed classes but if you choose to come for a make-up in one of our other classes, we’d love to see you! Classes contain Jewish content, including songs, stories and recipes. For detailed information, class schedules and to register online, please visit under “families,” or contact Jill Katchen at (303) 316-6336 or All classes are eligible for a MazelTot discount.

Sessions: Sunday—Friday Session I: Jan. 8—March 2, eight weeks Session II: March 11—May 11 (no class April 8—13 for Passover), eight weeks $104/JCC Member; $125/Guests* *Art, LEGO® and cooking classes incur additional fees.

Move and Learn Demo Weeks- FREE

Touch base with Shalom Baby between sessions, and get a taste of our move and learn classes! Art, music, tumbling, cooking, soccer and more will be offered. A perfect chance to have a preview of classes and teachers before a new session begins. Contact Jill Katchen for a schedule and availability or (303) 316-6336.

Babies (ages 8 weeks to pre-crawling) Boogie Babies (Session I only) Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. JCC, Room 203 Bond with your baby as you sing, finger-play, recite nursery rhymes and play instruments. Come and nurture your baby’s natural and musical abilities in this fun class.

Tumble Bugs (Session II only) Mondays, 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. JCC, Phillips Social Hall Parents and caregivers share information and enjoy support in a comfortable, safe environment—a great way to introduce early socialization skills and meet other families in the community. This pre-tumbling class provides special time with your child including free play, songs, bubbles, games and exercise to nurture strong and flexible bodies and minds.

Children ages newborn—4 years and caregivers/parents Winter: Dec. 19—23; Spring: May 20—25



Move and Learn Infant Massage/Post-Partum Yoga Fridays, 12:30—1:30 p.m. JCC, Yoga Room A calming and restorative experience for moms and baby, this class focuses on unique yoga postures designed to help moms get back in shape, and baby massage techniques known to help digestion as well as sleep and neural development. Each class is filled with nurturing ways to enhance bonding with baby, while mom exercises, and provides opportunities to socialize with other new moms. No yoga experience necessary.

Tots Jr. (crawling—walking) Mini-Tumbling Tots Crawling—17 months Mondays, 10:30—11:15 a.m.; Thursdays, 9:30—10:30 a.m. JCC, Phillips Social Hall This class focuses on gross motor development for children who are in various stages of walking. Crawlers, wobblers, and more confident movers enjoy elements of our tumbling equipment including balance beams, trampolines, tunnels, balls and more.

Jammin’ Tots Jr. Crawling—14 months Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. JCC, Room 203 Jammin’ Tots Crawling—3 years Wednesdays, 9:30—10:15 a.m. JCC, Room 203 Watch your children explore and discover their own sense of rhythm and singing voices in this class designed for parents and their children who are exploring the world of locomotion. Activities include singing, dancing, instrument play, creative movement and pure fun. We also offer Jammin’ Tots Jr. on Tuesdays for the toddler just starting to crawl or walk.

Tots (18 months—3 years) Artistic Tots: A Whole Body Experience 17 months—3 years Tuesdays, 9:30—10:15 a.m. JCC, Room 203 Additional $10 material fee for this class Explore the world of textures, colors, shapes and self-expression in this introductory art class for parents and their young children. Children work with paint, chalk, play dough and other media. The focus is on the experience & not the end result. Be ready to make a mess that you don’t have to clean up at home.

Sticky Fingers Cooking 2—3 years Mondays, 9:30 a.m. or Thursdays, 10:30—11:15 a.m., eight weeks JCC, Room 203 $136/JCC Member; $163/Guest

Includes all food and expert instruction by Sticky Fingers Chefs Sticky Fingers, is a local company which brings fun and healthy cooking classes to the JCC. Sticky Fingers Cooking enthusiastically believes that kids who are involved in tasting flavorful foods and are a part of preparing what they will put in their mouth, will develop into well-rounded, adventurous eaters. Kids and their caregivers will spend an hour whisking, cutting, mixing, and of course, tasting, to their heart's content and then leave the mess to us. Participants will receive healthy recipes to try at home.

Maxi-Tumbling 18 months—3 years Mondays, 9:30—10:15 a.m.; Thursdays, 10:30—11:15 a.m. JCC, Phillips Social Hall This class is for the older toddler who is a confident mover and shaker and needs some extra room to explore. Cooperative games are introduced with parental/caregiver support, as well as different movement concepts – “under/over/through,” “crawl/walk/jump,” “backwards/forwards,” etc.

Kinder Kixx — NEW! 18 months—3 years Sundays, 10:30—11:15 a.m. JCC Gym This is a great new pre-soccer program designed for toddlers. Bring your kids to the JCC on Sunday mornings, and let them get their energy out, kicking, dribbling and running around. This unique approach to soccer skills development gives a child the confidence he or she needs to explore the game of soccer in a supportive, safe environment. Please wear sneakers and bring a water bottle.

Mixed-Age (Ages newborn—5 years) Makin’ Music Sundays, 9:15—10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 10:30—11:15 a.m.; Wednesdays, 10:30—11:15 a.m. JCC, Room 203 Babies love to watch older kids, and older kids love to be leaders in this fun mixed-age class. Parents/caregivers support their children as they explore and discover their own abilities to sing and move to a beat. Activities include singing, dancing, instrument play, creative movement, and rhythm exploration. Play with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, bells, drums and more. This is a great class for siblings of different age and ability levels.

Lego After School Program – NEW! Children ages 3—5 Tuesdays, 4—5 p.m., eight weeks JCC, Room 205 $128/JCC Member; $153/Guests Join the JCC and Play-Well Teknologies, for fun with Legos after school! Join the LEGO® fun! During each class we will choose a different theme to explore and create. Themes include Airport, Carnival, Castle, City, Desert, Forest, Zoo and more. We will also design theme elements such as building: airplanes, animals, boats, carriages, cars, and bridges. Students will begin exploring their creative side as well as gain confidence in LEGO® and general building practices.



Celebrations and Events HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS Tu B’Shevat: Plant, Explore and Learn! Sunday, Feb. 5 9:30—11:30 a.m. JCC $9/person, ages 2 and up; $36 max/family/JCC $11/person, ages 2 and up; $44 max/family/guests and day-of

After 10 registrations: $13/Adults, $8/Children, 3—11; 2 and under are free You can also use your membership pass for free admission and join our group! Please register in advance so we know to expect you. Kids, bring your dads for a zoo-venture! Explore the tropics; visit with the monkeys and polar bears… maybe even go for a ride on the train! Meet at the benches just outside of the zoo gate. This is a great way to hang out with your kids and other dads.

Passover Celebration

Come join us for the birthday of the trees! Celebrate with environmentally oriented organizations as we learn about and experiment with things in nature – composting, planting, tasting and more. Children will learn about the theme of the holiday, while participating in hands on activities.

Sunday, April 1, 3—5 p.m. JCC, Social Hall $9/person, ages 2 and up; $36 max/family/JCC $11/person, ages 2 and up; $44 max/family/guests and day-of

“Day at the J”

Passover, the festival of freedom and new beginnings, is a perfect time to come together with friends. Experience Passover through your senses and learn how to make seders meaningful for the young and young at heart.

Monday, Feb. 20 Your kids have a day off of school- what better place is there for them than the JCC. The Family, Youth, and Teen Team is working together to create a fun day for the kids!

For children 4 and under: Taste of Family Programs 9:30 a.m.—Noon $10/child Drop in for a taste of our Move and Learn classes – music, art, cooking, tumbling, soccer and more. Contact Jill Katchen for details and to reserve your spot or (303) 316-6336. Children grades K through 6: Vacation Camp (9 a.m.—4 p.m.) Sunrise care is available 8–9 a.m. Sunset care is available 4–6 p.m. Contact Jason Gold for details or (303) 316-6349 Tweens and Teens: Skinnus! Feb 19-20 Contact Jamie Skog for details and to reserve your spot or (303) 316-6391 Youth Athletics: Open Gym for Children 8 and up 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Enjoy a day of play in the gym, $5/child, ages 8 and up. Contact Yuri Tavbin for details and to reserve your spot or (303) 316-6304

Passport to Purim Sunday, Feb. 26, 3—5 p.m. $9/person, ages 2 and up; $36 max/family/JCC $11/person, ages 2 and up; $44 max/family/guests and day-of Co-Sponsored by Family Programs and Stepping Stones Miriam, Vashti, Ahasuerus and friends will be at the JCC to celebrate Purim with young children and their families….. Come in costume!

Family Programs on the Road: Dad’s Day at the Zoo Sunday, March 11, 10 a.m.—Noon Denver Zoo For the first 10 registrations received: $8/person (applies to adults and children over the age of 2, children under 2 are free);



Money Matters Tuesday, May 15, 3:30—5 p.m. Young Americans Bank (3550 E. First Ave., Denver, CO 80206) $5/child, advance registration required As the school year comes to an end, and the ice cream truck starts rolling around town, this is the perfect time for children start to learning about saving their nickels and dimes. Please join Shalom Family for a bank tour, a lesson on savings, and the opportunity to set up your own bank account. Program designed for 4–5 year old children and their parents. Please bring parent ID and childs social security number to set up bank accounts.

Celebrate Family! Sunday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m. JCC Parking Lot Join the JCC and over one-hundred community organizations and businesses as we celebrate our families and all that our amazing community has to offer. Admission is free, but do bring some money for rides and snacks. The festival will feature: train rides, inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, music and more! Vendor and exhibitor tables are available. For more information, contact Dani Wynn,

Family Programs on the Road: Mordecai Children’s Garden at the Botanic Gardens Thursday, May 31, 10 a.m.—Noon $10.50/Adults; $8/Seniors; $7.50/Children ages 3—15; 2 and under FREE. (Group rates will apply if we have more than 10 people registered). Members may also get in for free with their membership cards. Denver Botanic Gardens, Mordecai Children’s Garden Moms, Dads, Grandparents and nannies are invited to bring their kids for a wonderful morning exploring the amazing new Mordecai Children’s Garden with the JCC. We will meet on the top level of the parking structure located off of York St. Please bring snacks for the kids and extra clothes just in case they get a little wet!

Jewish Family University Sibling Prep Class

Dads Night Out… Bowling Night

Sunday, Jan. 8 or June 3, 10 a.m.—Noon $7/family

Thursday, Feb. 9 Location/Cost: TBD

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.

Join other dads for a night out with the guys- practice your bowling, have a beer & connect with other dads while playing in a not-so-competitive environment.

JEWISH FAMILY UNIVERSITY PARENTING CLASSES AND EVENTS Pre-registration is required for all classes, (303) 316-6336

Talk and Tumble – Open Gym and Play Time! Every Wednesday, 10:30—11:30 a.m. JCC Social Hall FREE Bring your new baby, toddlers or even your play group for open play time on our tumbling equipment. Get out of the house, meet new friends and have fun with old friends. This is an excellent chance to enter a “yes” zone with multiples, siblings and other little explorers. This is a great, safe environment for toddlers to explore and get out extra energy, especially during the winter months! Snacks will be provided.

Tales from The Jungle FREE Storytime and Shabbat Celebration Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. JCC, The Reading Jungle (Room 205)

Sibling Rivalry: How to Increase Shalom in the Home (rescheduled) For Parents of Children Pre-school to School-Age Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30—8 p.m. JCC, Reading Jungle (Room 205) $10/JCC Member; $12/Guest Sibling rivalry has been around since the days of Cain and Abel and yet parents still struggle with how to handle conflict when it comes to their children. If you are wondering how to decrease the tattle-telling, bickering and all out wrestling matches between your children this class is for you. Amy Topelson, Child and Family Therapist and mother of two will provide an interactive class on this topic giving you several new strategies to try at home!

Working Moms Network (WoMeN): Chocolate and Champagne Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7—9 p.m. The Forum Hair Studio (425 S. Cherry St., Glendale, CO 80246) $25/JCC Member; $30/Guests or day of registrants (two services) Chocolate and champagne makeover night. Take a little time for YOU in the middle of your winter doldrums. Each person will choose from blow outs, mini, mani, pedis and more!

Moms, dads, grandparents, nannies and of course kids, ages 1–5, are invited to our weekly Story time and Shabbat Celebration! We will enjoy Shabbat Stories and songs as well as hear some of our and other favorite books. We will say the Shabbat prayers, light the candles, sip some juice and share delicious challah! No reservations are necessary.

Lunch and Learn: Supporting Compassion and Empathy in Children

Lactation Lounge

Judi Morosohk, CAJE’s ECE specialist, will lead an informal conversation with parents about helping to develop empathy in young children. Empathy is the root of compassion and kindness. Join us in a dialogue on how we, as parents, can support our children to be empathic, kind and have a sense of responsibility toward repairing the world. Take the time for some personal learning, and support your parenting journey, while you support your child’s development. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

Fridays, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 9, April 20, May 11, 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. JCC, Reading Jungle (Room 205) $5/person/JCC Member; $7/Guests Relax with other mommies and newborns, get support and resources on breastfeeding and find answers to other “new mom questions” with Juliet Glaser, certified lactation consultant and nutritionist..

Wednesday, April 4, 11 a.m.—12:15 p.m. JCC, Board Room $10/JCC Member; $12/Guest

Mahj, Moms and Margaritas! Lunch and Learn: Step Parenting Thursday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.—12:15 p.m. JCC, Board Room $10/JCC Member; $12/Guests Unpacking the mysteries of a blended family often adds stress to new families. Please join Pat Skinner, licensed psychotherapist for a conversation on developing better understanding of family dynamics, enhancing communication, and supporting your partner and children. Please bring a brown bag lunch. For more information about Pat Skinner, please visit

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30—8:30 p.m. Location: TBD $36/JCC Member; $42/Guests Join other moms for a night out complete with margaritas and delicious hors d'oeuvres. Whether you have played mahjong before, or this is your first time, please join us for what promises to be a fun evening of learning, laughing and relaxing together while supporting Family Programs. Tables will be played at all levels. Instruction will be provided for novices. Advance registration requested by Friday, May 4. Please indicate your level of play with registration, and bring your mahjong set if you have one. Cards will be available for sale at the event.



South Programs South Celebrations and Events For questions or to register, contact Dani Wynn, Reservations are appreciated for all programs. Payment due at program registration. All South Family Programs held at JCC South Denver location, 9625 E. Arapahoe Rd., Greenwood Village, 80112, unless otherwise noted.

One of the four Purim mitzvot (charitable acts) is “Mishloach Manot” – gifts of food and drink – to ensure everyone has enough to enjoy the Purim feast. This mitzvah derives from the Book of Esther, the story that is read during the holiday. We will read a Purim story, and decorate Mishloach Manot baskets/exchange them among the group. Stepping Stones will facilitate a "make-and-take" Hamentashen cookies and crafts session. If you have a favorite family Hamentashen recipe, please bring it to share. Be sure to dress up in your favorite costume! Light snacks will be served.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS Color Me Mine TGIMNO – Thank Goodness It's Mom's Night Off! TBA 6:30—8 p.m. $12/Person Ladies, its time to step away from your busy schedules! Join us for happy hour and enjoy a meaningful conversation with Lisa Thomas, licensed marriage and relationship therapist. Thomas will facilitate a conversation about “9 Tips for A Hot and Healthy Marriage.”Appetizers and wine will be served.

Children ages 12 months and up Thursday, March 15 Color Me Mine Studio 6955 S. York St., Suite 415, Centennial, 80122 Time and Cost: TBD Need a Seder plate for your Passover table or challah plate for your Shabbat celebration? Join us at Color Me Mine at the Streets at South Glenn Mall. Grab a paint brush and smock to paint a masterpiece. Reservations are required for this event due to limited space.

Family Fitness Fun Children ages 18 months and up Sunday, Jan. 29 3:30—4:30 p.m. $10/Family Grab your tennis shoes, water bottle and a towel – it’s time to get moving! Join Staci and Mark Zimmerman as they take you through three 20 mini workout sessions with your family. Yoga doodles, core conditioning and Krav Maga (Israeli self defense).

Taste of Tu B'Shevat: Is it the Pits or the Peels? Children ages 12 months and up Sunday, Feb. 5 3:30—5 p.m. $7/Person ages 18 months and up; $25/Max/family Join Shalom Family South, The Jewish Experience, Ekar Farm, Stepping Stones and Jewish National Fund (JNF) to learn more about the New Year of the Trees. We mark the day of Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the varieties that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. You will have an opportunity to taste several different types of fruit and plant your own tree. JNF will provide information on how your family can plant a tree in Israel.

Purim's Pass the Cookie, Please: Hamentashen and Mishloach Manot Exchange Children ages 12 months and up Monday, March 5 5—6:30 p.m. $7/Person; $20/Family JCC South Denver and Stepping Stones partner present this program.



Chocolate Seder Sampling Children ages 2—4 years Tuesday, April 3 10—11:30 a.m. $7/Person; $18/Family Before we embark on a week of matzah, why not indulge a little with chocolate? The Passover Seder is a time to retell the story of the hardships that were faced as the Jewish people escaped slavery to seek freedom. We will experience the dark and bitter times of slavery and savor the sweetness of freedom while using our sense of taste with different types of chocolate. Children will have an opportunity to decorate Passover items that will be a perfect fit at your family Seder table.

Musical Shabbat Dinner Friday, April 20 5:30—7:15 p.m. Cost TBD Welcome Shabbat with the sound of music and join JCC South Denver and Stepping Stones friends. Enjoy a delightful catered meal with family and friends, and participate in Shabbat traditions. More details to follow.

Ruach with Rockets – This One's for the Guys Sunday, May 6 2—4 p.m. $25/Rocket/Family It's time to build a rocket! Dads, grandpas, uncles and children: Join us for some Ruach (spirit) as you will receive your very own kit to create a rocket. We will then head to a local park to see how high it will fly.

Youth Programs Celebrate Family! Sunday, May 20 10:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m. JCC Parking Lot Join the JCC, community organizations and local businesses as we celebrate our families and all that our amazing community has to offer. Admission is free, but do bring some money for rides and snacks. The festival will feature: train rides, inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, music and more! Vendor and exhibitor tables are available. For more information, contact Dani Wynn,

Shavuot Snacks n' More Thursday, May 24 10—11 a.m. Cost: TBD On Shavuot it is customary to eat dairy foods to remember entering the land of “milk and honey.” Bagels, cream cheese, blintzes and more! Come and enjoy a dairy nosh and learn why we eat dairy foods on this holiday.

ON GOING PROGRAMS Bi-Weekly Mah Jongg Games Every other Monday, starting Jan. 23 9:30—11:30 a.m. $2/week or $10/six week punch card Come and enjoy a game or two of Mah Jongg. Don't know how to play? No worries; we will have someone available to teach the game. Please bring your own game set and cards if you have them. Mah Jongg cards will be available for purchase. Light snacks will be served.

Sticky Fingers Cooking Children ages 2—4 years Tuesday, Feb. 7—March 27, 11 a.m.—Noon $136/Person (eight weeks) Sticky Fingers is a local company bringing fun and healthy cooking classes to JCC South Denver for children ages 2–4 years old. Sticky Fingers enthusiastically believes that by involving children in tasting flavorful foods and preparing what they put in their mouth, they will develop into well-rounded, adventurous eaters. Children and their caregivers will spend an hour whisking, cutting, mixing, and of course, tasting delicious foods. Participants will receive healthy recipes to try at home.

Shabbat Sing Children ages 2—4 years Friday mornings beginning Jan. 27 9:45—11 a.m. $5/week or $20/six week punch card Do you have the Shabbat feeling? Want to learn more about the prayers said on Friday night? Join us every Friday morning as we sing, dance, and learn about Shabbat. Children will also have an opportunity to “makeand-take” challah bread to enjoy with their family at home.

Youth Programs Grades K—6 Jason Gold, Children and Youth Program Coordinator, (303) 316-6349 The JCC is excited to provide programming for school-aged children 5–12. We will be offering programs designed to facilitate your child’s growth, confidence and imagination. These programs will enable each child to build strong relationships, nurture special interests and develop positive self-esteem. To register for youth programming contact Jason Gold at or visit Payment due at time of registration.

Spring Vacation Camps Grades K—6 Do you find it difficult to take days off of work when your child is out of school? The JCC offers year-round vacation options for children 5–12 years old. Your child will enjoy our vacation camps, as each are packed with activities, athletics, fun and friendship!

Martin Luther King Day Monday, Jan. 16 9 a.m.—4 p.m.; $65 Sunrise* 8—9 a.m.; $25 Sunset* 4—6 p.m.; $50 President’s Day Monday, Feb. 20 9 a.m.—4 p.m.; $65 Sunrise* 8—9 a.m.; $25 Sunset* 4—6 p.m.; $50 Spring Break March 26—30, Monday—Friday 9 a.m.—4 p.m.; $310/week 9 a.m.—4 p.m.; $65/day Sunrise* 8—9 a.m.; $25/week Sunset* 4—6 p.m.; $50/week *Sunrise and Sunset drop-in care is based on availability for $7/hour **There is no sunset on March 30

Gym & Swim 5—8 year olds Monday—Friday, March 26—30 1—4 p.m. $160/week Kids start off the afternoon shooting hoops and playing other gymbased games. After recharging with a snack, everyone heads to the Goldstein Indoor Pool for a refreshing dip. During this special holiday camp, the programming is focused on recreation over skill. Class size is small, so don’t delay to register. If you have any questions please call Yuri at (303) 316-6304.



Youth Programs Club J After-School Program


Grades K—6

Grades K—6

Club J is a fun, safe and engaging after school program for elementary school-aged children. Every day we will provide exciting experiences through a variety of programming such as swimming, art, language, sports, cooking, dance, music, tennis, yoga and so much more to enhance your child’s experience in his/her after-school adventures. Choose your own journey! We encourage the children to indulge in their passion. Most days each child will be given the option to choose either athletics or other forms of enrichment to match their physical and creative aspirations. Outdoor swimming will be used as an option in place of athletics during warm months (weather permitting). Transportation will be offered to many schools in the area at an additional fee.

Take a walk on the wild side with various programs for your adventurous child. If your child enjoys hiking, biking, rock climbing, snowboarding or skiing we strongly encourage you to sign up for Youth Adventures. Join Jason Gold, Children & Youth Program coordinator, for a day of fun as we board the JCC van to travel to these fun excursions!

Tuition Weekly 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days Single Day

Transportation $48 $69 $88 $105 $25

No Transportation $36 $52 $66 $80 $19



We will provide additional program options such as swim lessons and hip-hop dance at a reduced rate. Swim lessons: $10/day/session Tuesdays/Thursdays* *Must sign up for both days each per swim-session. Session lengths vary. Tuesday & Thursday Session I: Jan. 10—Feb. 9; $100 Session II: Feb. 14—March 15; $100 Session III: March 20—April 19; $100 Session IV: April 24—May 24; $100

Saturday Night Out Grades K—6 Saturdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 25, March 31, April 28, May 12 6—9 p.m. $25/child; $18 each additional child All five nights only $115/child; $75 each additional child (must be purchased before the first session) Don’t miss the JCC Saturday Night Out Program! Drop your children off at the JCC for a night of fun for everyone. Your children will enjoy swimming, a pizza dinner, art, games and fun while you’re out and about! For more information and to register, please call Jason at (303) 316-6349.



Skiing/Snowboarding Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 11 7:30 a.m.—6 p.m. Cost: TBD Come celebrate the winter with the JCC as we head out to the mountains for a fun day of skiing/snowboarding. Transportation and full day lessons are included, but don’t forget a sack lunch while we warm up at the lodge.

Rock Climbing April 22, Noon $18/person Climb to new heights at a nearby gym for a fun and challenging afternoon of rock climbing. Be sure to bring your muscles and wits as you scale the walls while you work with a belay-certified instructor.

Hiking May 20, 11 a.m.—3 p.m. $15/person Do you enjoy getting your shoes dirty as you embark on a new adventure? We will be hiking up North Table Mountain. Don’t forget your cameras as we will be taking plenty of pictures of this beautiful area of just outside of Golden.

YOUTH ATHLETICS To register for youth athletics contact Yuri Tavbin at (303) 316-6304 or visit

Girls Basketball League Grades 1—4 Jan. 17—March 10 One practice and one game per week; call for times $77/S&F; $97/JCC Member; $117/Guests Hoop it up! Girls have the opportunity to improve their game skills, learn about team building and get a fabulous workout with friends. The season consists of eight weekly practices and seven Thursday games. All players receive a jersey and a trophy at the end of the season. For more information, call Yuri at (303) 316-6304.

Stories come to life in the Spring Soccer Clinic

Reading Jungle

Grades K—6 April 15—May 13 Sundays, Noon—1 p.m. $52/S&F; $62/JCC Member; $72/Guests Location: TBD Kids get a kick out of our soccer clinic! The focus is on dribbling and possession skills as well as shooting and kicking the ball. A scrimmage is also included at the end of each session. For more information, call Yuri at (303) 316-6304.

Youth Baseball Grades 1—5 Sundays, May 20—July 15, times vary $72/S&F; $82/JCC Member; $98/Guests Location: TBD Play ball! Children who join our youth baseball league learn baseball fundamentals and leadership skills and experience teamwork while having a ball of fun! All players receive a T-shirt and trophy at the end of the season. For more information, call Yuri at (303) 316-6304.

Tee Ball Pre-K—Kindergarten Sundays, May 20—July 15, times vary $62/S&F; $72/JCC Member; $86/Guests Location: TBD This program is a terrific introduction to baseball for the youngest of players. Kids have seven, one-hour Sunday sessions with a half-practice, halfscrimmage format. All players receive a T-shirt and a trophy at the end of the season. For more information, call Yuri at (303) 316-6304.

The Reading Jungle Enjoy some “Family Time” in room 205. Open the door and discover a great place to spend time with your young children at the JCC. The Reading Jungle is our delightful family library filled with Judaic and secular children’s books, parenting and teacher resources, CDs and toys. With Tales from The Jungle and Playgroup Gatherings, we’ve created many opportunities for you to come and enjoy this wonderful space.

Tales from the Jungle Free Story Time and Shabbat Celebration Every Friday, 10:30 a.m., Room 205 Great for caregivers and their children ages 1–5

Please join us every Friday morning from 10:30–11:15 a.m. in the Reading Jungle, for stories, songs, dancing and more. We will share stories from The PJ Library, as well as some of our personal favorites from our library collection. This program is FREE and open to any and all who would like to participate.

Playgroup Gatherings Are you looking for a new place to hold your next playgroup? The Reading Jungle at the JCC is the perfect spot. Just call to reserve the room and we’ll do the rest. We’ll even provide snack! Contact Jill Katchen at (303) 316-6336 or for questions and reservations.



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