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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 IN SEPTEMBER)

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.

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., $10 per class, GYC. $10/class, $40 for a 5 punch pass, $75 for a 10 punch pass.

Feldenkrais with Shira Salzberg
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. $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
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. 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.



Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness classes
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., 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, $40 for a 5 punch pass, $75 for a 10 punch pass. Taught by Talia Salzberg Horowitz, LCSW, RYT-200. Contact Naomi before attending as the instructor is expecting a baby at the end of August.
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.

Chocolate Tasting
with Gila and Joel Dar, and Happy Hour
Monday, July 24, 5:30 p.m.

Join us for wine and a tasting and discussion of chocolate and the new “bean to bar” phenomenon. No charge, RSVP to Naomi by Friday, July 21. Co-sponsored by Kavod on the Road.

Shabbat in the Park & Season 2 Shabbat Club Kickoff
Friday, August 4, 6:00 PM, deKoevend Park, 6301 S University Blvd, Centennial, 80121

Join us for a back to school celebration including a back to school Shabbat Burrito bar, field day games, Shabbat celebration and friends! We will also be kicking off season 2 of our wonderful Shabbat Club program. Sign-up HERE.

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 6:00 p.m., Intermediate, 7:00 p.m.
September 6 – November 29, beginners 6:45 pm, Intermediate, 7:45 pm
Cost: Beginners or Intermediate only: $100; Both classes: $130.

Advanced Class for Hebrew Reading
Sunday, 10:45 a.m.beginning September 10 (no classes on October 1 & 8), 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).

Give Yourself the Gift of Reading Hebrew
Wednesday, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m beginning September 6, (no classes on October 4 & 11), 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.

Nashira! Let Us Sing!
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by a community dinner.
Guest musical group ALIYAH will join for one prayer and then perform a short concert during dinner.
Friday, August 18, 6:15 p.m., Traditional Service at 6:00 p.m.

ALIYAH is an Orange County teen girls’ Jewish singing group. They perform at events throughout the country. Check out their album, Rise Up ( Vegetarian option available, please let us know in advance. $18/adult (15 +), $15/child 8 – 14, $10/child 4-7, 3 and under free. RSVP to Naomi by Tuesday, August 15.
Book of Samuel II Study
Third Sunday of every month: August 20, 6:30 p.m.

Taught by Martin Sicker, Library, no charge.
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.
Lulov and Etrog Sets: $50/set. Orders are due by Monday, September 18. Purchase HERE or email Naomi.
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

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

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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