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A Message From MazelTogether and Rose Community Foundation

February 17, 2020

A Message From MazelTogether

Dear Families,

We are writing to share with you that after more than 10 years, MazelTogether, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation, will conclude its work in April 2020. We want to extend our enormous gratitude to all of you, our wonderful MazelMembers for being part of this journey.

In its most recent iteration, MazelTogether endeavored to be a resource and voice for families with young children looking to explore Judaism on their own terms. We aimed to support innovative ways to build relationships and provide opportunities to infuse Judaism into the lives of families with young children. We’ve enjoyed partnering with diverse members of the Greater Denver community to engage in Jewish life through peer-to-peer support, online resources and connection to others in the community. 2019 was a year of exploration and learning, in which we piloted new approaches to family engagement, community building and peer-to-peer networking.

While MazelTogether will formally conclude its work, we hope you will continue to engage with friends you have met through MazelTogether and reach out to local Jewish organizations who provide a myriad of experiences and opportunities to engage in Jewish Life. If you’re looking to connect with organizations, visit our Organizations page which features organizations who have partnered with MazelTogether and offer programs and services for families with children under six. If you haven’t yet registered with our partners at PJ Library, please click here to sign up. PJ Library provides regular email updates about programs across the community for families with children under six.

We extend a hearty thank you, Todah Rabah, for your support in building networks and creating community through MazelTogether. We hope you will continue to be inspired to co-create vibrant Jewish communities in new ways.

As we conclude this chapter, we want to hear from you: please take a moment to fill out our anonymous Mazel-Insights Survey to provide insight and feedback about your experience with MazelTogether. If you chose to provide your email, you will be entered in a raffle to win a $250 Amazon gift card!

Wishing you and your family all the best as you continue to find Your People, Your Place and Your Path.

Thank you for Mazel-ing along!

Kelli, Bethany, Jennifer, Talia, and Rachel

A Message From Rose Community Foundation

Rose Community Foundation created MazelTogether, originally called MazelTot, in 2008 in response to 2007 Jewish Community Study data that suggested that early childhood was a window of opportunity to help families connect to local Jewish life and to one another. Over the years, we have made ongoing and significant investments as this initiative has explored a variety of approaches. In its initial form, it was designed as a grant initiative, providing funding and marketing to more than 30 local Jewish institutions for their young family programming. Over the years, the initiative has struggled to reach large numbers of families and, in an effort to increase participation, shifted approaches a number of times, most recently focusing on a peer-to-peer engagement model.

With a new Strategic Plan now guiding our work, Rose Community Foundation’s staff and Jewish Life committee have reached the decision to now sunset the MazelTogether initiative, effective April 2020.

We are tremendously grateful to the talented team of people who have worked on MazelTogether over the years, and our decision to end the initiative is in no way a reflection of their work. The people working on MazelTogether, as staff, contractors and as volunteers, have developed valuable insights and perspectives on this work and as part of sunsetting the initiative, they will be capturing those lessons learned to share with organizations interested in pursuing a peer-to-peer engagement model for young families.

Rose Community Foundation remains committed to supporting family engagement and hopes that you will provide feedback (using this survey) about your experience with MazelTogether to help our partners in the field learn from your experiences and reflect on their own programmatic offerings.

If you have questions or feedback, please reach out Rose Community Foundation’s program officer for Jewish Life, Vanessa Bernier.

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