When the northern Douglas County suburb of Highlands Ranch was established just over three decades ago, it grew like wildfire. Before we knew it, this masterplan community had an elaborate system of neighborhoods, schools, businesses, a hospital — nearly every amenity a community could want.
Among those flocking to Highlands Ranch were Jews — a lot of Jews, mostly unaffiliated. The organized Jewish community in Denver tried to reach these hundreds of unaffiliated Jewish families, with little success. Then, in 2004, along came Rabbi Avraham and Hindy Mintz, a young Chabad couple with the idea of starting a Jewish center in northern Douglas County.