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Strategic Grantmaking

Our wide range of programs are an important part of our commitment to our local community and to Israel. Connecting individuals and agencies to the larger Jewish population throughout all stages of life is our passion. From early childhood education to PJ Library, from teens to Birthright, and from seniors to legacy, JEWISHcolorado provides meaningful engagement opportunities during any stage of your Jewish journey.

ENGAGE | We engage the next generation in being Jewish.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship

Provides up to $100,000 annually in scholarship
funding to assist Jewish families with the cost of early childhood education. The average scholarship is $1,875/ student. Learn More

PJ Library

In partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, we provide Jewish themed books and music to thousands of families in Colorado with children age 6 months through 8 years. Learn More

Jewish Explorers

These weekly and monthly programs for children in preschool through 6th
grade teach children and their families about Judaism in a fun, interactive, experiential educational framework. Learn More

One Happy Camper

In partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, this program provides subsidies for Colorado children to attend a Jewish overnight camp. Last year, JEWISHcolorado awarded 130 grants ranging from $700 – $1,000 per camper. Learn More

Early Childhood Education Professional Development

We provide professional development for early childhood educators to help them improve quality of teaching and bring seamless Judaism to their classrooms.

Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST)

Now in its 47th year, IST is a life-changing 5-week trip to Poland and Israel for high school students entering their senior year. The trip is one of the premier Israel teen trips in the country, and has sent over 2,500 students to Israel. Learn More

Taglit Birthright Israel

An annual, free 10-day trip to Israel for up to 40 Jewish Coloradans 18-26 years of age. The CO Birthright trip strengthens Jewish identity and communities, solidarity with Israel, and continues to engage participants upon their return. Learn More

Young Adult Department (YAD)

YAD is the largest engager of Jewish young
adults in their 20’s and 30’s in
Colorado, engaging over 2,500 participants in programming and other initiatives focused on a three tiered, “Live, Give, Lead” strategy. Learn More

CARE | We care for those who are vulnerable.

Pink Shabbat

This annual, state-wide event raises awareness of the prevalence of breast and ovarian cancer in the Jewish community, and honors and celebrates those touched by
these diseases with meaningful
events throughout the community. Learn More

Community Nutrition Maintenance Program

In collaboration with Jewish Family Service, Shalom Cares, the Robert E. Loup JCC, and Volunteers of America, this program provides over 20,000 nutritious Kosher meals annually to Jewish seniors in need. Learn More

ADVOCATE | We support Israel and advocate for the Jewish world.

Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

This coalition
of more than 30 Colorado organizations and synagogues and 15 at-large members comes together to speak with one voice on issues of concern to Israel and the Jewish community. JCRC is active at the state and national level. Learn More

Israel Engagement

This program creates heartfelt connections between Jews in Colorado and in Israel by building “living bridges” (people-to-people) through programs, travel, events, and other activities. One of the signature events is the Walk for Israel, which brought together 2,200 community members in 2016. Learn More

Israel Emissaries (Shlichim)

More than 4,000 people each year interact with the three community emissaries who work passionately to ensure the future of an engaged and committed Jewish community with Israel at its core. Learn More