BJCF History

1994 – Community activist observed that the Boulder Jewish community was growing rapidly but had little infrastructure, few synagogues, and almost none of the cultural pieces representative of Jewish life in larger communities.

1995 – The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation (BJCF) was founded with a mission to create “a gathering place where Jewish life will flourish.”  The BJCF sponsored numerous public meetings and focus groups to establish Jewish local priorities.

1996 – A house on Glenwood and Folsom was purchased to serve the needs of the Boulder Jewish Community Center Preschool.

1999 – The property at 3800 Kalmia was purchased the serve as an expanded Boulder Jewish Community Center (BJCC) facility – with more classrooms, a library, offices and space for community lectures, classes, and events.

2002 – An endowment challenge, offered by the Rose Community Foundation and the Allied Federation of Colorado, was met providing theBoulderJewish community with $1 million to support future operational (space) needs.

2003 – The Rose Community Foundation selected the BJCF to participate in a multi-year capacity building initiative – Building Organizational Operating Strength Together (BOOST).

2005 – The Boulder Jewish Community Center (BJCC) was spun-off as a separate entity.  The BJCF deeded all equity in the Kalmia property, and agreed to distribute a 75% interest in the annual distribution of the Rose Endowment, to the BJCC.

2008 – Grants were made to seventeen organization providing services within Boulder County.  These facility-related grants included an increase level of sponsorship to the annual Boulder Jewish Festival.

2010 – The BJCF launched Grassroots Jewish Boulder to solicit individual donations and make additional grants in support of Jewish causes that may be too small or otherwise not qualify for funding from other community foundations or organizations.

2010 – The BJCF recently awarded over $15,000 to local Jewish organizations.BJCF opened up a special fund to assist those impacted and displaced by the Fourmile Canyon Fire.

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