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programs & Events


Weekly Events

Adult Education During Musaf
(after the Rabbi’s sermon) on Saturdays

Talmud with David Richman
Sundays, 8:50 a.m., no charge (RESUMES SEPTEMBER 10)

Mah Jongg
Saturdays, ~1:30—3:00 a.m., no charge, Library

Lunch & Learn Short Story
Discussion Wednesdays, Noon–1:00 p.m., Library. Contact Naomi for readings, dairy brown bag lunch if desired.

Israeli Dancing
Practice and learn Israeli Dancing, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.. Contact Joan Saliman,, 303/759‐5549. There is a small charge.

Feldenkrais with Shira Salzberg
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Moshe Feldenkrais developed this method to help him heal from a knee injury, using gentle movement and focused awareness. Cost: $10/class, $40 pass for 5 classes, $75 pass for 10 classes (this pass may also be used for yoga classes).

Studying and Storying Torah: guided by Cherie Karo Schwartz: Storyteller, Author and Educator
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m.

“Turn it and turn it again”, says Reb ben Bag Bag. Come on a weekly journey into the parasha ha shavuah to explore the inner stories of Torah. One word can lead to opening worlds of meaning, and one line can lead to powerful connections. This program, in English, will let you discover with each other ancient interpretations, new insights and personal connections to our never-ending story of Torah. Jewish stories may be interwoven within the sessions. Come with open eyes and ready to receive: from Sinai and from each other. Cost: Members: $8/class, $35 for a 5 punch pass, $60 for a 10 punch pass. Non-members: $10/class, $45 for a 5 punch pass, $80 for a 10 punch pass.


Hebrew Classes

Conversational Hebrew with Sherry Grinsteiner-12 sessions
Wednesdays: August 9, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 27, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29

August 9 – 30, beginners 6:30 p.m., Intermediate, 7:30 p.m.
September 6 – November 29, beginners 6:45 p.m., Intermediate, 7:45 p.m.
Cost: Beginners or Intermediate only: $100; Both classes: $130. RSVP to Naomi.

Advanced Class for Hebrew Reading
Sunday, 10:45 a.m., beginning October 22, Room #105
This class is for students who have already completed a beginning Hebrew class. It will also provide an excellent review for those who have taken the class in the past. The 6-week (one hour) class provides a review of an introductory class as well as a review for students who have taken an advanced class in the past. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn to read from the prayer book. Emphasis will be on the Friday night and Saturday morning prayers. Students will work in small groups and with the instructor to ensure plenty of practice time. Daily practice time outside of class is necessary to be successful. Cost: $50 tuition, $3 materials ($53 total cost). RSVP to Judi Marcus, 303/755-2882.

Beginning Hebrew Reading
Wednesday, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m, beginning October 18
, Room #105
Designed for the novice, this 8-week (1 hour) class provides the opportunity to learn to read Hebrew with accuracy and ease. Between classes, the instructor will be available by phone to answer questions and to help with reading practice. This class may be used as a stepping stone to Prayer Book reading and/or Hebrew conversation. (A 5-week Prayer Book class will be offered immediately following the conclusion of the beginning class.) Limited to 15 students. Cost: $65. RSVP to Judi Marcus, 303/755-2882.

Gematria: the numerical value of the letters and its meaning —is it "real" wisdom or a game of numbers? with Rabbi Bar Ami
Thursday, August 24, 7:15 p.m.

Suggested donation: $18. Rabbi Bar Ami's art will also be available for purchase.
Hike Mt. Elbert via North Mt Elbert Trailhead
Sunday, August 27, meet at HEA parking lot at 3:30 a.m.

11 miles, difficult trail, headlamp needed. RSVP to Naomi.
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale and its women’s choir, Kol Nashim Open Rehearsals
Monday, August 28, HEA

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale, directed by Carol Kozak Ward, will launch its 25th season with the last open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Qualified singers ages 13 and up are welcome, in all voice parts. Previous experience is not required. A sampler from last season is available HERE. Kol Nashim begins its 5th season under the direction of Leah Peer. The open rehearsal will take place at 5:45 p.m. Qualified singers ages 13 and up are welcome, in all voice parts. Previous experience is not required. You can hear Kol Nashim perform Rozhinkes mit Mandlen, one of a set of lullabies from our Woman to Woman 2017 program HERE.
Fantasy Football Draft Day
Sunday, September 3, 7:00 p.m., GYC

Manage your own team, or sponsor one of our young people in the Youth League! Contact Jonathan Defez,
Women’s Social Network Potluck
Monday, September, 4, Noon-2:00 p.m.

Join us for a women-only potluck, Labor Day lunch at the home of Karen Lee! RSVP to Naomi for address.
Movie: Jewish Luck
Tuesday, September 5, 7:15 p.m.

This is a silent, black and white movie filmed in pre-Soviet Russia. Based on Sholom Aleichem’s story, Mendel the Matchmaker. This pearl of the Yiddish cinema is the film debut of the great Yiddish State Art Theater actor Solomon Mikhoels.
The Search for Lost Tribes: Documentary and lecture
with Anthropologist Carlos Zarur
Thursday, September 7, 7:15 p.m.

Pursuing clues from the Middle East to India, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, we will embark on a global search for the almost-mythical Lost Tribes of Israel. Cost: $10/person.
Understanding Prayer through Movement with Shira Salzberg
Saturday, September 9, during Musaf (about 11:00 a.m.)
Judaism in the 21st Century discussion group led by Alex Maller — Modern Jewish Heritage: Particularism versus Universalism
Thursday, September 14, 7:15 p.m.

Please contact Naomi before the class for a short reading.
Selichot Program and Service—Cleaning the Slate: The Essence of Pardon and Forgiveness
Saturday, September 16

8:00 p.m.—Maariv, Havdalah
8:15 – 8:45 p.m — Keynote
8:45 – 9:00 p.m. — Grab a snack and go to class
9:00-10:00 p.m. — Ayeka style text discussion on t’shuva
10:00 p.m. — Snack
10:30 p.m. — Service
Book of Samuel II Study
Third Sunday of every month: September 17, 6:30 p.m.

Taught by Martin Sicker, Library, no charge.
Adult Education During Musaf
High Holiday Services
Thursday, September 21—Turning and Returning Tales:
A Study of Stories for Rosh Hashanah, with Storyteller Cherie Karo Schwartz, Bethany

Drawing from our richly storied Jewish tradition, come engage with tales from around the Jewish world on the themes of Rosh Hashanah. We will read, hear, and explore several stories which illuminate our experience of the High Holidays, showing varied worldwide minhagim (customs), rituals, and experiences. Come with a listening heart, and leave with stories you can share with family and friends. Friday, September 22 — Understanding Prayer Through Movement with Shira Salzberg, HEA
A gentle, focused, movement class based on the method developed by Moshe Feldenkrais. Shira Salzberg uses the Feldenkrais method to help bring greater understanding of the prayers. This class will be done in chairs, so High Holiday attire is appropriate. Saturday, September 30 (Yom Kippur) —
Jewish Meditation with Anat Moskowitz, Bethany

Text study with Martin Sicker, HEA
HEA Sukkot and Shabbat Dinner
Friday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for soup, brisket and chicken in the sukkah. Cost: $20/adult (15+), $15/child 4-14, under 4 free. RSVP by Friday, September 29, to Naomi.
Lulov and Etrog Sets: $50/set. Orders are due by Monday, September 18. Purchase HERE or email Naomi.
Please call the office if you or a loved one needs accommodations to participate in any programs or events.


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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