© 2008 18 Pomegranates

Dare to Dream transitions to Dare to DO!

Dare to Dream was a community-wide project focusing on the future of Jewish learners in Boulder, Colorado. Its mission was to help meet the needs of 21st century learners and promote relevant, life-centered, interactive Jewish education for people of all ages in Boulder. Dare to Dream worked to raise community awareness and provide opportunities for local community initiatives.

The project began in the summer of 2007 with a series of focus groups where participants were asked to share their views about the current state of Jewish education in Boulder and to “dare to dream” about future innovations. Their collective responses along with a description of potential pilot projects identified by the focus groups were compiled into an informative report produced in September, 2007, "Dare to Dream: A Report on the Feasibility of Redesigning Jewish Education in Boulder, Colorado".

On November 16, 2008, 18 Pomegranates hosted a community retreat for Boulder Jewish educational institutions and leadership for the purpose of identifying key projects to move "Dare to Dream” to the next phase.  Close to thirty organizations and groups were represented at this event.  18 Pomegranates seeded three community-wide retreats as an outcome of this retreat in 2009/10.  For more information, see Dare to Dream Retreat, November 2008. For an update on how the Boulder Jewish community "Dared to Dream" see Update on the Dare to Dream Initiative.

Over the first three years, Dare to Dream was built on the ground-breaking work of JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America) reflected in their report, "Redesigning Jewish Education for the 21st Century: A Lippman Kanfer Institute Working Paper".   Following the completion of the Dare to Dream community-wide retreats, 18 Pomegranates explored new ways to support and strengthen opportunities for Jewish learning in Boulder. 

Beginning in 2011, 18 Pomegranates moved to the next stage with "Dare to Do".