Israel Programs

The Boulder JCC collaborates with JEWISHcolorado on Israel programming through a community volunteer committee, the Boulder Israel Engagement Team. BIET's mission is to advocate and educate about Israel through programs and to create opportunities for connections with Israelis. For information, please contact the BIET chairperson, Aza Squarer, at

BIET's objectives:

  • Educate the Boulder Community about modern Israel
  • Connect community members emotionally to Israel through people to people contacts and events
  • Advocate for Israel - be knowledgeable abotu all that is going on in Israel (good and bad) and create a safe space for open dialogues
  • Develop financial resources needed to strengthen the connection of Boulder with Israel

Here are some of our upcoming Israel programs:

Programs Coming Soon

Yom HaShoah Program Lunch and Learn - "Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust"

Author Talk with Ellen Korman Mains 

After the Holocaust, how do we not lose faith in each other—or in ourselves? In 2006, Ellen Korman Mains began a series of life-changing journeys to Poland to reconcile her own family’s traumatic legacy with the question of basic goodness. On Yom HaShoah, Ellen will read excerpts from her memoir, “Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust,” and share her exploration of inherited trauma, crossing religious boundaries, and the invisible presence of our ancestors. 

The daughter of Polish-born Jews who survived the Holocaust, Ellen is a long-time Boulder resident who continues to spend time each year in Poland, teaching, promoting dialogue, and connecting with her roots.

Wednesday, May 1 | 12 pm | $15 in advance | $18 at the door | REGISTER HERE

Americans and the Holocaust: What Did Coloradans Know?

Guest Speaker Dr. Edna Friedberg

- Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

During the 1930s and 40s, a wide range of motives, pressures, and fears shaped Americans' responses to Nazism, war, and the persecution and murder of Jews in Europe.

Join United States Holocaust Memorial Museum historian Dr. Edna Friedberg for an exploration of these factors through the lens of local newspapers, historical photographs, and public opinion polls from the era.

Sunday, May 5 | 1:30 pm | Free | REGISTER HERE

Yom Hazikaron: Honoring Israel's Fallen Soldiers

Sponsored by the Israeli-American Council (IAC) 

Please join us for a community observance of Yom Hazikaron - Israel Memorial Day - to honor the lives and memories of the fallen soldiers and the victims of terrorism.

The ceremony will be followed by a community Sing-along. 

Tuesday, May 7 | 6 - 9 pm | FREE | REGISTER HERE

Yom Ha'atzmaut Community Celebration 2019

Please join the BIET - Boulder Israel Engagement Team for this community-wide celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

  • 4:45 pm - Doors Open
  • 5:10 pm - Yom Ha'atzmaut Ceremony
  • 5:30 pm - Food for purchase, music, community organization booths with family friendly activities and more! 
  • 5:45 pm - Colorado Krav Maga mini class Ages 13 and up
  • 6:30 pm - Colorado Krav Maga mini class Ages 5 - 12
  • 6:30 pm - Stories from the Negev: Enhancing the Region's Future through Partnership
  • 7:00 pm - "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" screening

Krav Maga: The free Krav Maga workshops are limited to first 25 to register per session.

Stories from the Negev: Come hear Jared White, partnership coordinator from Ramat HaNegev, Boulder’s new Sister City talk about how Ramat HaNegev has shaped his own life and what the region is doing to create a strong, dynamic and pluralistic future for all.

Yom Ha’atzmaut is produced by BIET- Boulder Israel Engagement Team- a JEWISHcolorado and Boulder JCC committee in partnership with community organizations.

Wednesday, May 8 | 5 - 8:30 pm | FREE entrance, food and drink available for purchase | REGISTER HERE

Thank you to all our Community Partners:
AIPAC - The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
CU Boulder Hillel 
Congregation Bonai Shalom Shalom
Congregation Har Hashem
Cornerstone Church
Israeli American Council (IAC)
Jewish National Fund (JNF)
Ramat Hanegev Sister City