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BUILDing Jewish ECE is a ground-breaking initiative that seeks to guide nine Denver and Boulder synagogues and Jewish community centers – and their early childhood education (ECE) centers – towards increasing enrollment, Jewish family engagement and connections to the Jewish community.
"I didn’t want the evening to end. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the group,” says Robin Glickstein, in response to sharing a unique and special experience with 11 others through a “micro-giving circle” at Rose Community Foundation.
Dash Sperling may be only 17, but he already knows a good investment when he sees one. He is co-chair of Rose Youth Foundation (RYF), a youth-led philanthropy group for Jewish teens and a program of Rose Community Foundation.
Rose Community Foundation helps Jewish Institutions such as Congregation Beth Evergreen grow stronger through initiatives like MazelTot.org, which connects young families to Jewish life, and an endowment fund, which helps secure the synagogue's future.
William (“Dr.Bill”) Silvers, MD, encourages his patients to live life to the fullest. “Asthma should not hold anyone back from aspiring to be an Olympian,” he affirms. A dedicated board-certified allergist for 37 years, Dr. Silvers started the donor-advised Allergy and Asthma Health Fund at Rose Community Foundation to create a legacy focused on medicine and Jewish values.
In 2013, a Foundation Jewish Life initiative, MazelTot.org: Connecting Young Families to Jewish Life, was named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofit projects by The Slingshot Guide ’13-‘14, an annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative Jewish organizations and programs in North America.
Under the auspices of the Colorado Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative Steering Committee, in 2008 nine early childhood education centers embarked upon a series of shifts in approach to the teaching, learning environment and integration of Jewish values into classrooms.
We spoke with Julie Shaffer, executive director of the Oreg Foundation, about the benefits of collaborative funding. Oreg is a long-time funding partner with Rose Community Foundation, having joined us in supporting several strategic initiatives.