B’nai Vail participates in the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, a pluralistic, Jewish teen movement that dates back 90 years. Our chapter, the Ernest Scheller III BBYO, is one of the largest in the state of Colorado. Teens ages 13-18 meet monthly under the direction of Erika Buttner and Rachel Zacher, to participate in social, leadership building, and community service projects. See the event calendar for upcoming activities.
At the beginning of each summer, Jewish Congregations throughout the Colorado Rockies meet in Leadville for a shared Shabbat and Hebrew Cemetery clean-up. Dating back to the 1880’s, the Leadville area was home to over 300 Jewish people, including David May of the May Company Corporation, and the Guggenheims. Now, the reconstructed synagogue is home to a museum rich with artifacts and beautiful memoirs. B’nai Vail members participate in a June clean-up day at the Hebrew Cemetery to honor 138 Jewish souls buried there. Led by the Denver Chapter of B’nai Brith, volunteers clear weeds, straighten markers, and share in a memorial service led by Rabbi Newman.
As part of their training, our Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates participate in Tikkun Olam, or repair of the world. This is both a learning opportunity for the young adult, and a mitzvah to the community. We support our students through participation in their project or providing financial support. We welcome contributions to endorse this effort.
Our congregation hosts a variety of guests as performers, lecturers or guest clergy. We honor our B’nai Vail community with learning and entertainment opportunities. Upcoming guests are posted on the calendar pages, and announced in the weekly newsletters. Donations to enhance these events are greatly appreciated.