Celebrate Pride Month with Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver – Boulder Jewish News

The community center hosts a variety of events for the LGBTQIA+ community

DENVER, Colo., May 31, 2022 – The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) celebrates Pride in June with a variety of events open to all, including a “How to Grow Up” course in the basics of sexual health, an opera with Central City Opera titled “Two Remain,” and Pride Shabbat. JCC Denver will also provide space for the Jewish community to participate in the Pride Parade and will have a tent at PrideFest.

“The JCC Denver works hard to ensure that we take measurable steps to create an inclusive space for our LGBTQIA+ community. Recognizing, celebrating, and participating in Denver Pride is an important part of giving space to Denver’s LGBTIQA+ Jewish community and expressing our support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Beyond Pride, we work with a committee to create LGBTQIA+ specific spaces and programs and to work toward more inclusive practices at JCC Denver and the Denver Jewish community as a whole.

– Daniel Siegel, Engagement Program Manager at JCC Denver

Events take place throughout the month of June and include:

June 8 – How to become “adult”: the basics of sexual health with HEYDenver at JCC Denver

Attendees will learn about STI testing, HIV prevention, STI myths and facts and more! The program is free and everyone is welcome. STI screening will NOT be available during this session.

June 12 – “Two Remain” educational panel and LGBTQIA+ song recital

Central City Opera and the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center present “Two Remain,” an opera centered on Holocaust survivors visited by ghosts from their past and a love story of two gay German Jewish men. Librettist, Gene Scheer, along with LGBTQIA+ Holocaust survivors and Judaic Studies experts will be part of the educational panel.

June 24 – Pride Shabbat at JCC Denver

Together with Judaism Your Way, celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community with a festive Shabbat service and Shabbat dinner. Shabbat services are held from 6 to 7 p.m. and are free for all. Shabbat dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. Shabbat dinner pricing is on a sliding scale with hard prices available.

June 25 and 26 – Pride Parade and PrideFest

The JCC Denver will participate in the Pride Parade and will have a tent in the PrideFest Family Zone at Civic Center Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

The vision for LGBTQIA+ initiatives at JCC Denver reflects its mission to welcome everyone into our community. Through this initiative, the JCC creates and delivers year-round programming to engage this integral segment of our community. Through this programming, JCC Denver aims to engage different types of people (e.g. couples with children, singles, couples without children) who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as Allies.

Celebrating its 100e anniversary in 2022, JCC Denver serves the Denver metropolitan area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, athletic and other programs rooted in Jewish values. The mission of JCC Denver is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place guided by these timeless Jewish values. The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center is located at 350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246. For more information and to register for events, visit jccdenver.org.

ABOUT STAENBERG – WOLF JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Celebrating its 100e anniversary in 2022, the Staenberg–Wolf Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) serves the Denver metropolitan area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, athletic and other programs rooted in Jewish values. The mission of JCC Denver is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place guided by these timeless Jewish values. The five program areas of JCC Denver focus on connection, community and wellness and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and aquatics facility; early childhood engagement, including early learning school and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers the Festival of Jewish Arts, Authors, Films and Music (JAAMM Fest), the Denver Jewish Film Festival and the ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; and engagement programs for teens, young adults, seniors, and the LGBTQIA+ community. The JCC Denver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram @jccdenver or call (303) 399-2660.

Jill E. Washington