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Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness classes
Tuesdays, 9:30 am, Goldberger Center (across the street from the main HEA building)
Looking for a way to relax, rejuvenate, and re-center at the beginning of your day? We are offering an all-levels vinyasa-style yoga class. Open to all levels of practice, experience, and fitness, the classes will focus on mindfulness and emotional-awareness. Please bring a yoga mat (some mats can be provided) and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Cost: $10/class or $50 for all 6. Taught by Talia Salzberg Horowitz, LCSW, RYT-200. RSVP appreciated to Naomi.
Conversational Hebrew with Sherry Grinsteiner
Wednesdays at HEA, 6:45 -7:45 pm Beginners; 7:45-8:45 pm Advanced - through March, 8

Cost: $65 for the 8-week session, or $85 if you take both beginner and advanced classes at the same time. For more information or to register contact Naomi.
Meditation with Regina Topelson
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Meditation is an ancient practice shown to enhance our days, reduce stress, manage pain, and increase coping skills. Join me for this ongoing, guided meditation to cultivate awareness, empathy, and self-compassion. Please bring a pillow or cushion to sit on if you wish to use the floor, otherwise chairs will be available. No charge. RSVP appreciated to Naomi.
Jews of the Ottoman Empire: The Jews of Syria
With anthropologist Carlos Zarur: Lectures and documentaries
Thursday, February 23, 7:15 pm
Jews have been living in Syria since biblical times. Joab ben Zeruya—King David’s army general—conquered the Aramean cities of Aram-Damascus and Aram-Soba (Aleppo) 3000 years ago, making them part of King David’s kingdom. Come and discover ancient mysteries of these communities, their very unique traditions and customs. $10/lecture. RSVP appreciated to Naomi.
Hebrew Educational Alliance Disability Awareness Weekend
February 25-26

The Hebrew Educational Alliance is a growing Conservative Jewish congregation in southeast Denver, ColoradoDisability Awareness Weekend will educate congregants, students, staff, and the community about disabilities and what it means to be truly inclusive. On Saturday, Rabbi Dollin and Rabbi Gruenwald will deliver disability awareness-related sermons at both services. Join the HEA Disability Committee for informational sessions on Sunday from 9:00 am—noon. Benjamin Tarasewicz, a Boulder teen with autism who will describe what it is like to have a disability. This presentation will be followed by a series of participatory workshops focusing on different disabilities and how people manage them. These events are open to the entire community. For questions or more information about either of these programs, please contact the Religious School office or Ceci Lowinger, (303) 488-9530.
Grief Support Group
Facilitated by Bonnie L. Gertz, MA, LPC, LAC, A New Dawn Psychotherapy.  Licensed Professional
Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Trauma Specialist: 8 Wednesdays, March 2-April 20,
7:00-8:30 pm, Goldberger Youth Center

Loss can take many forms. We may grieve the death of a loved one, a relationship, a job, a transition in our lives. This group offers support and guidance through the grieving process. Because it is essential for group cohesion, a firm commitment to attend all sessions is needed. Cost: $150. RSVP: Bonnie Gertz, (303) 910-1148,
HEA Movie Night: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Tuesday, March 7, 7:15 pm

The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues. No charge.
Understanding Prayer through Movement
2nd Saturdays of every month during Musaf (about 11 am)
March 11, April 8, May 13
Using the Feldenkrais method, Shira Salzberg will teach through gentle movement and focused attention to bring a new awareness of the Morning Blessings. You need not be young or limber to participate in this experience. Feel free to come in your shul clothes. Class will be taught sitting on chairs. RSVP appreciated to Naomi.


Megillah reading, Saturday, March 11, 7 pm

Children’s Interactive Purim Program and Carnival, Sunday, March 12

Click HERE for Pre-Registration & Information

Purim Shpiel
The Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players: Back for the 2017 Purim Performing Season
Sunday, March 12, 4:00 pm, HEA

The community is invited to see the latest in the
hilarious interpretations of the tradition Purim Story. This year, the stars (Esther, Mordechai, Achashverosh, and Haman) appear under the guise of The Jersey Boys. Straight out of New Shushan (nee New Jersey), the four main characters sing their way to stardom! This group of stars is accompanied by a full cast of maidens, guards, and other sordid characters. You will laugh, cry (from laughing), and have the urge to sing along to all these familiar tunes. The shpiel, as always, is open and free to the entire Denver community. The PPPP is an all inclusive organization that promotes fun for the Denver Jewish Community and your entire family.

Hebrew Educational Alliance Bonfils Blood Drive
Monday, March 13, 9 – 10:40 am; 12-2:30 pm, HEA Social Hall

Donors need to be at least 16 years old and have a signed Bonfils Parental Acknowledgement form if under 18. Donors also need to weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Anyone who has received a tattoo in a licensed Colorado shop can now donate without needing to wait 12 months. For more information on donor eligibility please contact Bonfils at 303.363.2202 or go to To reserve an appointment time please contact Bonfils at 303.363.2300 or visit and use site code B108. Thank you for saving lives with us!
The Jews of Egypt: Their Journey Over Three Millennia with
anthropologist Carlos Zarur
3 parts, Thursday, March 16, April 6, May 11
, 7:15 pm
Documentaries and lectures, $10/class. The Books of Genesis and Exodus describe a period of Hebrew servitude in ancient Egypt during centuries of sojourn in the Nile’s land, and the escape of over a million Israelites guided by Moses, followed by the 40-year journey through the wilderness to Sinai. Later in history, the “Elephantine
papyri”, written in Aramaic, describes the lives of a community of Jewish soldiers stationed there as part of a frontier garrison in Egypt, dating from 495 to 399 BCE. The modern Jews of Egypt had a core community which consisted mainly of Arabic-speaking Rabbanites and Karaites. In the late 1950s, Egypt expelled its Jewish population and sequestered Jewish-owned property. As of 2014, the Jewish population of Egypt was estimated at 120 to less than 40, down from between 75,000 and 80,000 in 1948.
Nashira! Let Us Sing! Kabbalat Shabbat service and community dinner
Friday, March 17, 6:15 pm

$18/adult 15+; $15/child 7‐ 14; $10/child 4 ‐ 6, under 4 free
An musical service to the melodies of Reb Shlomo
Carlebach accompanied by instruments! RSVP for dinner to Naomi by March 14. Please include the names of all people included in your reservations and ages of children under 15. Please let us know if you need a vegetarian meal, and if you there are people you would like to be seated with.
Snowshoe Jones Pass Trail
March 19, meet at HEA parking lot at 7:30 am

3.4 miles, easy lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado. The trail is good for all skill levels. RSVP to Naomi.
Book of Samuel Study
Third Sunday of every month: March 19, 6:30 pm

Taught by Martin Sicker, Library, no charge.
A detailed exploration of the Book of Samuel based on the Masoretic text and ancient and modern exegesis.
Feldenkrais Gentle Movement Class with Shira Salzberg
Thursday, March 23, 10:30 am

The Feldenkrais method directs attention to habitual movement patterns which may be inefficient or strained, and attempts to teach new, healthy patterns using gentle, slow, repeated movements. Please wear comfortable clothing. In partnership with Kavod on the Road.
Understanding Prayer through Movement
Saturday March 25, April 8, May 13, during Musaf (about 11 am)

Using the Feldenkrais method, Shira Salzberg will teach through gentle movement and focused attention to bring a new awareness of the Morning Blessings. You need not be young or limber to participate in this experience. Feel free to come in your shul clothes. Class will be taught sitting on chairs. No charge RSVP appreciated to Naomi.
Latin American Havura at the Hebrew Educational Alliance! Initial meeting and desserts
Tuesday, March 28, 7:15 pm, GYC

Jews from Latin America have been emigrating north for many reasons. Many cities have either Latin American
synagogues or havurot, and we would like to start one in Denver! If you are a Latin American Jew or a Jew of Latin-American background, we invite you create our own Latin-American Havura! This havura is open to the community. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.
Please contact Carlos Zarur with questions or if you are interested in attending the meeting.
Conversational Hebrew with Sherry Grinsteiner
April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 June 7, 14

Cost: $65 for the 8-week session, or $85 if you take both beginner and advanced classes at the same time. Classes can be prorated for those who want to join late. For more information or to register contact Naomi.
Jewish Roots of West Denver at Denver Public Library
More than 100 years ago, West Colfax was developed as the residential and commercial home of Denver's original Jewish population. Today you can be a part of the West Side Jewish Roots Projects at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch of the Denver Public Library at West Colfax and Irving. We are looking for your West Side memorabilia as well as your financial support to create this important one-of-a-kind installation. This is also a wonderful way to honor or memorialize your loved ones with a donation to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation and the Jewish Roots Project. For more information, contact Community Liaison Judy Joseph at


HEA Family Connection

HEA Family Connection engages Jewish families with children ages 2-10 (PS – 3rd grade) in meaningful Jewish experiences that enhance their family life, foster Jewish identity, create lasting community, and deepen their connection to HEA. Click HERE.

Project Hineini

Creating a community of caring at the HEA To volunteer for any of the opportunities listed below contact Naomi Kirshner at or 303-758-9400 x213

Hesed Society Meal Train
Cook for and deliver meals to people with short term needs. Kosher or non-kosher kitchens okay.

Hesed Meal Train Coordinators
We need 6-12 people to each take a month to coordinate arranging for meals as needed. This will all done by email. Joyce Perlmutter, Assistant to the Rabbis, would contact you when meals are needed.

Shiva Minyan Leaders
We need people throughout the Metro Denver area to lead shiva minyans when clergy are not able. Great familiarity with services is necessary, further training will be provided.

Shiva Minyan Makers
Periodically there are not enough adults to form a minyan at a shiva home. We need people throughout the Metro Denver area who are willing to be on call to help make a minyan.

Shiva Minyan Set Up
On rare occasions a family or individual needs assistance setting up their home for shiva minyans and for visitation after burial. Must have daytime availability.

Shabbat Calls
Calling one of our most senior members every Friday to wish them a Shabbat Shalom.

Bikur Holim—Visiting the sick
Volunteers would spend time with members who are in need of visitors. This may be a long-term commitment, for example with a homebound person, or a shorter-term commitment, for example with someone in a rehabilitation center. This is a selective process entailing meeting with the rabbis and mandatory trainings.

Tikkun Olam-Repairing the world: Social action at the HEA
Contact Naomi Kirshner at or 303-758-9400 x213 for more information.

Rabbi Gruenwald's Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Hineini – Embracing the Moment and One Another

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