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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.


HEAFEATURED EVENT: HEA out on the Town - Beer & Bites Night
Saturday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.
Growler USA Pub, 11405 East Briarwood Ave., Centennial, 80112

$30 a person includes dinner and one drink ticket. 100 Beer taps. Vegetarian fajita dinner. RSVP HERE. PLUS Members RSVP HERE.

Hebrew Classes

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

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.

New iEngage Course Taught by Rabbi Dollin and Rabbi Gruenwald
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-noon: October 15, 22, 29; November 12,19, December 3, 10, 17
Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel's future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this iEngage Project series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today. This innovative course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 - following the 1917 Balfour Declaration—as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. The course engages Jews in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics, and theology, as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines. Cost: $54 including materials. Register and pay online HERE.

Purim Shpiel Auditions
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m, Hebrew Educational Alliance
Sunday, October 22, 1:00 p.m., Congregation Rodef Shalom

The Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players are pleased to announce that open auditions for the 2018 Denver Community Purim Shpiel are practically upon us! No particular talent is necessary. You must be prepared to sing a short song or perform a short reading (of any kind). All ages encouraged! Sign up is required to audition:
Purim Shpiel Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 4:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
The PPPP Purim Shpiel is co-sponsored by Rodef Shalom and HEA.
Judaism in the 21st Century discussion group led by Alex Maller
Thursday, October 19, 7:15 p.m.
Please RSVP HERE. There will be a short reading assigned before the class.
Hike 2: Bergen Peak and Elk Meadow Trail
Sunday, October 22, meet at HEA at 7:00 a.m.
8.7 miles, rated as difficult. 1853’ elevation gain, near Evergreen. RSVP HERE.
Peanut Butter Plan
Sunday, October 22, 10:30 a.m.

A monthly gathering to make thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and for those who choose, to then distribute them to homeless people in Denver. Donations of peanut butter, jelly, and bread welcome.
The Search for Lost Tribes
Documentary and lecture with Anthropologist Carlos Zarur
Thursday, October 26, 7:15 p.m.

Documentary and lecture. The most ancient Jewish sect? Converts, or Bene Yoseph, real Children of Israel? Cost: $10/person. Purchase tickets HERE.
The Great Big Challah Bake
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), BMH-BJ

Join hundreds of Jewish women from across our area who are coming together to knead, inspire one another, and celebrate the power of unity. On the weekend of The Shabbat Project, we will join more than 500,000 Jewish women in 1000+ cities across the world for this most memorable evening. Whether you bake challah regularly, or have never baked before, please join us! Purchase tickets HERE. Volunteer HERE. Contact us at or 720-437-9972
Movie: The Golem
Tuesday, October 31, 7:15 p.m.

Actor-director Paul Wegener made three films built around the mythical creature of Jewish legend. This is the one film which has survived and is regarded among the landmarks of early German expressionism.
Stylized sets and moody cinematography elevated Der Golem above the standard features of its time; its central figure has been the focus of a number of films produced in various countries, and the name has become a generic descriptor for any lumbering creature which cannot be easily controlled.
Buyer and Cellar by Jonathan Tolin
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., John Hand Theater, Lowry, Leaving the HEA at 6:30 p.m., or meeting at the Theater at 7:00 p.m.

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer and Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Winner of the 2014–2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Cost: $20 (group rate), $25 if you take the bus from the HEA. Reserve your tickets early! RSVP to Naomi.
Not in My Backyard! Human Trafficking in Colorado
Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 p.m., HEA

L.E.A. and Denver Chapters of Hadassah are planning a joint program open to the community to inform and educate us about Human Trafficking in Colorado. It can and does happen here, right in our backyard! You will hear a discussion from an informed panel of community professionals. Get tickets HERE.
HEAHEA out on the Town - Beer & Bites Night
Saturday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.
Growler USA Pub, 11405 East Briarwood Ave., Centennial, 80112

$30 a person includes dinner and one drink ticket. 100 Beer taps. Vegetarian fajita dinner. RSVP HERE. PLUS Members RSVP HERE.
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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