Metzler Ranch Homeowners Association

programs & Events


MARCH, 2017
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Weekly Events

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

Talmud with David Richman
Sundays, 8:50 am, no charge  

Mah Jongg
Saturdays, ~1:30—3:00 pm, no charge, Library

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

Israeli Dancing
Practice and learn Israeli Dancing, Wednesdays, 7:00 pm. Contact Joan Saliman:,  303/759‐5549

Tuesdays, 9:30 am, $10 per class, GYC

Mondays, 9:30 am, GYC, no charge


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.
Meditation with Regina Topelson
Monday mornings, 9:30 am, GYC
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.
The Jews of Egypt: Their Journey Over Three Millennia with
anthropologist Carlos Zarur
Thursday, 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 “Elephanti ne 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.

The Jews of Lebanon
Wednesday, April 19, 7:15
Documentary and lecture, $10
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.
Snowshoe Lake Isabelle
Sunday, April 2, meet at HEA parking lot at 7:30 am

Lake Isabelle Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. RSVP to Naomi.
HEA Movie Night:
The Children of Chabannes
Tuesday, April 4, 7:15 pm

From 1939 to 1942, in the village of Chabannes in central France, more than 400
Jewish children were hidden, schooled, and ultimately saved through the heroic efforts of the school's director and teachers and of Jewish rescue organizations that first got the children there. Then, as war closed around them, all but a handful were gotten out safely. In 1996, two aged teachers and the children and their families reunite. Lisa Gossels, whose father and uncle were among the children, records it. Survivors' comments, photos and drawings from the war, footage of the school and town, and a celebration of the heroism and leadership of the school's director, Felix Chevrier, comprise the film.
Create your Own Seder Survival Kit
Sunday, April 2, 1:00-3:00 pm

Get your family ready for your Passover Seder at this fun program. We will provide you with everything you need to make your Seder exciting for all ages. We will also have a Passover wine tasting and ordering station so you can take care of your Passover wine needs as well. While you put together your amazing Passover Kit filled with activities and crafts to keep your kids busy during the Seder, the little ones will be entertained with a supervised children’s activity. Click HERE to register.
Nashira! Let Us Sing!
Kabbalat Shabbat service and
community dinner
Friday, April 21, 6:15 pm, $18/adult 15+; $15/child 7‐ 14; $10/child 4 ‐ 6, under 4 free

A musical service to the melodies of Reb Shlomo Carlebach accompanied by
instruments! RSVP for dinner to Naomi by April 13. 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 there are people you would like to be seated with.
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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