Jewish Community Center, 1922-1980
Language of Materials
Items are predominantly in English, but recordings feature some Yiddish and Hebrew.
Biographical / Historical
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Denver, Colorado, originated in 1922 as the Guldman Community Center, which opened in west Denver's Bloomfield Park with land donated by the Rude family and equipment donated by the Guldman family. The center served to bring cultural and educational opportunities to all segments of the Jewish community: It provided activities such as English classes for immigrants and literary and musical programs. The center moved to a large mansion at 1601 Irving Street in 1937, which acted as the west branch of the JCC until it was sold in 1967 to the Boy's Club. The JCC, which was officially incorporated in 1947, added the old B'nai B'rith Building at Colfax and Williams streets as its east branch in 1950. Both buildings were replaced by the current structure at 4800 E. Alameda, which is now called the Robert Loup Jewish Community Center.
10 Items (interviews)
Scope and Contents
RMJHS Oral Histories comprises audio and video cassettes of oral history interviews recorded by the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society. The recordings document Jewish history and culture in Colorado in the 19th and 20th century. The men and women interviewed for this collection are descendants of early Jewish pioneers in Colorado or were Jewish newcomers to the region at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the interviewees were born between 1886 and 1927 and died in the 20th century. Many of them were founders and/or leaders of Jewish organizations, religious groups, medical and social centers, schools, and businesses in Colorado.