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Sweet 16: Celebrating 16 Years with Kathryn Bernheimer

After more than 16 years as Director of ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the Boulder JCC, Kathryn Bernheimer retired this past summer. We are thrilled that she will continue part- time in her role as Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate Kathryn’s incredible work designing creative and engaging programming for the Boulder Jewish community, and her contribution to Boulder’s vibrant arts scene.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, dancing, and tributes.
Wednesday, September 11 | 4 - 6 pm | FREE | REGISTER HERE

Followed by the Art Exhibit Opening of Michael Hedges in the Messinger Gallery from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The closing night of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival will be named in recognition of her dedication to creating innovative, stimulating, and high quality arts, culture, and educational programs for the community she cherishes. When registering, there will be a special opportunity to make a tribute donation in Kathryn's honor.



About Kathryn

The former film critic and features writer for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn joined the Boulder JCC in 2003 as half-time Program Director, and simultaneously became the half-time Director of Menorah. From the beginning, Kathryn embraced the increasingly popular idea that the arts are an especially effective engagement tool, and began focusing on arts and culture through a Jewish lens, eventually rebranding Menorah as ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education, and creating the tagline: Engagement Through Cultural Arts.

Using her expertise and enthusiasm to connect our community with Jewish history, values, and traditions, and to illuminate the Jewish experience by placing the arts in a cultural context, Kathryn produced a multitude of new programs ranging from the Scholars Series to the Rabbis Roundtable, from Holocaust education to tribute concerts. Next to her love of film, music has always been a special passion for Kathryn, who produced dozens of concerts utilizing the harmonizing nature of music to foster the JCC’s community-building mission of inclusion and connection.

A committed collaborator, Kathryn developed strong partnerships with organizations such as the Colorado Music Festival, The Boulder Philharmonic, The Dairy Center for the Arts, the CU Program in Jewish Studies, Hadassah, and Lemon Sponge Cake. Kathryn is proud to have provided a venue and recognition for so many local musicians, artists, authors, experts, performers, and speakers over the years.

“Kathryn has an eye for beauty and a passion for excellence,” says Jonathan Lev, Executive Director of the Boulder JCC. “She has given Boulder the gift of her brilliance in programming and engagement through the arts. She elevated the caliber of cultural arts programming at the JCC and helped us move into the new Boulder JCC in style. She will be missed in this role, but I’m thrilled she will continue to produce the Boulder Jewish Film Festival.”

Family, friends, and fans are invited to gather on Wednesday, September 11 to pay tribute to Kathryn and her impact on cultural arts in Boulder. We will celebrate Kathryn with distinguished guests sharing their memories and, of course, dancing to Kathryn’s playlist. The community will also honor Kathryn by naming the closing screening of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival in 2020 in her honor.