posted on august 8, 2011
This weekend I had the opportunity to share Faces of Israel with the Jewish communities in Denver and Boulder. Both programs were community-wide events that were cosponsored by congregations and local institutions across the denominational spectrum.
The turnout was strong with around 80-90 people at the Denver program, including many community leaders and even a former state legislator. Several individuals stayed late after the program to ask questions and share their personal experiences of trying to get married or converted in Israel. A representative of the American Jewish Committee expressed a strong interest in bringing my presentation to their 20s, 30s and 40s group, so I hope to be returning to Denver in the coming year!
The Boulder program was smaller, but also more intimate at around 30 people. The crowd was diverse and highly engaged. The Faces of Israel presentation was followed by an extended reception where I was able to connect individually with the attendees and spark great conversation. The Boulder presentation also featured a programmatic first, as I was presented with (artificial!) flowers by one of the organizers. Her rationale was that there would always be a place for them in the RV. Clever!
A wonderful visit, and I look forward to furthering the conversation in Colorado in the coming months!
More photos available at http://facesthemovie.com/event-photos/
written by amy beth oppenheimer