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Chabad of Vail expands to Summit County

Caitlin Row
Frisco, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – A Jewish resource center focused on love, unity and happiness is opening in Frisco in December.

After starting Chabad of Vail three years ago, Rabbi Dovid Mintz is expanding his programs to Summit County – an idea that’s been in the works all year. His goal, along with his wife and co-director Doba, is to create a positive Jewish experience for everyone as they strengthen their ties to the Jewish community.

His new resource center will be located at 699 Summit Boulevard in the Columbine Center next to Kacey Furniture.

“We started a center for the Vail Valley,” Mintz said. “It’s been with phenomenal success, a milestone. I wanted to have the experience offered in Summit County as well. … We’ll do the same programming and cater it to the Summit County Jewish community.”

Mintz will be hosting a kick-off event with a Hanukkah Menorah display in the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center on Monday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. There will be a Menorah lighting, gifts for the children and traditional food.

“It’s fun for all,” Mintz said. He added that events will be held in the county and at the center in Frisco throughout the year.The Summit County Jewish center will host speakers, classes and holiday programming.

“I want to make sure adults and children alike will have fun, have a meaningful experience, and be able to take something home with them,” Mintz said. “Courses have a fee, but generally most of what we offer is free.”

No membership is required for the Summit County group, and everyone is welcome. Because there’s no membership fee, Mintz asks for donations to keep the organization running.

“It seems to work very well,” he said.

Mintz’s offered education program is also an affiliate of the Jewish Learning Institute.

“We’ve been offering courses for a year now,” Mintz said. Jewish Learning Institute courses are offered around the country, and the first course to be offered in Frisco will be a six-week class called Portraits and Leadership. It starts in February 2010.

Once the center opens, Mintz said he will try to kick off a Hebrew school and Mommy and Me programming. Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah classes will also be offered.

“There’s much to gain and nothing to lose,” Mintz said.

Anyone interested in becoming involved or volunteering should e-mail Mintz at info@jewishbreckenridge.com or call him at (970) 476-7887. For more information, visit http://www.JewishBreckenridge.com. To see what’s happening in Vail, visit http://www.JewishVail.com.

Mintz suggests that people sign up for weekly informational e-mails, and he will be meeting with interested community members one-on-one to introduce himself.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

crow@summitdaily.com.


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