Jewish Explorers is a multi-age, enrichment program that welcomes Jewish and Interfaith families with preschool and elementary school-aged children. Jewish Explorers offers weekly and monthly classroom programs, and monthly Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations, which provide opportunities for families to explore Judaism together and learn about Jewish values, culture, traditions, history, and holidays right in their local communities. Through a fun, innovative and experiential educational framework, Jewish Explorers engages, educates, and empowers families to find meaningful and relevant ways to practice Judaism in their homes and out in the community.
Jewish Explorers offers immersive weekly and monthly classroom programs as well as monthly Shabbat dinners, holiday celebration and community-partnered events in the Stapleton and Highlands communities. Families are welcome to participate in these programs even if they don’t live in these communities.
Stapleton Jewish Explorers K-5th Grade Program
Weekly drop-off program for children entering K-5th grade. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:30 pm, September – May, at the Central Park Recreation Center, 9651 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Denver, 80238. A light snack will be provided.
Highlands Jewish Explorers
Highlands Jewish Explorers Family Program
This is a monthly Family program for 2-5 year olds. This class is designed for parents and grandparents to participate along with their student. Classes meet one Sunday each month from 10:30 am -12:00 pm, October – May, at the William Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W. 46th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212. A light snack will be provided.
Highlands Jewish Explorers K-4th Grade Program
This class meets the same Sunday per month as the family program, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, October – May, at the William Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W. 46th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212. A light snack will be provided.
Family Shabbat Dinners and Holiday Celebrations
Monthly Shabbat dinners and Holiday celebrations are open to Stapleton and Highlands Jewish Explorers families, their extended family and friends, and to the greater community. Dinners and celebrations alternate between these communities, September – March.
Jewish Explorers Shabbat Dinners and Holiday Celebrations
- September 10, 2017: Honey & Tzedakah Program with Ekar Farm and PJ Library at Ekar Farm; Time TBD
- October 8, 2017: Sukkot Festival with Ekar Farm & PJ Library at Ekar Farm; Time TBD
- October 20, 2017: Highlands,6:00-7:30 pm; PJ “Breakfast for Dinner” Shabbat–“Wear One – Share One” PJ Tikkun Olam project to help kids in need in our community. With PJ Library.
- *December 3, 2017 (SUNDAY program): Stapleton, Chanukah Celebration with Judaism Your Way and PJ Library; Location and time TBD
- January 26, 2018: Stapleton, 6:00-7:30 pm – Tu B’Shevat
- February 23, 2018: Highlands, 6:00-7:30 pm – Purim
- *March 18, 2017 (SUNDAY program): Highlands, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Kid-friendly Passover Dessert Seder
*Note, this is a Sunday program, not a Friday night.
Scholarships available. For more information, please contact Cindy Coons at CCoons@JEWISHcolorado.org or at 303-951-8498. All information will be kept confidential.
For more information about Jewish Explorers or for assistance with registering for our programs, Shabbat Dinners or Holiday Celebrations, please contact Cindy Coons, Director of Jewish Explorers, at CCoons@JEWISHcolorado.org or at 303-951-8498.
Cindy Coons, MS, OTR, Director of Jewish Explorers
Cindy is the Director of Jewish Explorers, an innovative program of JEWISHcolorado, which welcomes Jewish and Interfaith families with preschool and elementary school-aged children. Cindy helped create, develop, and grow this multi-age program, which teaches children and their families about Jewish values, culture, traditions, history, and holidays through a fun, interactive, experiential educational framework. Jewish Explorers offers weekly and monthly immersive classroom programs and monthly Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations and community-partnered events.
Cindy earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in Pediatrics from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. She has over 30 years of experience working with children and their families as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and as an educator and volunteer in the Denver Jewish Community. Cindy is excited to share her love of and passion for Judaism and teaching and loves working with children and their families, providing opportunities to explore Judaism together in fun and meaningful ways.
Jewish Explorers is a partner organization of MazelTogether